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Android 2.2 news from Google I/O

Posted on 5/20/2010 by A.A.I

While there was plenty of interesting news from Day 1 of Goggle I/O. Day 2 was the day most readers will be interested in.  The Day was much more exciting in my opinion and got off to a great start with talk of Android and 2.2. Vic Gundotra, Google’s VP of Engineering took to the stage to start off the Android and Froyo talk. "Android equals freedom, if you love choice then android is the choice." Vic went on to hit us with a few numbers.  100,000 daily activations of Android devices. 50,000 aplications in the market. More than 60 compatible devices, 59 carriers, 48 countries and 21 OEMs.

*Also let me note that while the SDK was made available to developers today there was no mention of a official consumer launch date. So we still have no clue when the updates will start.  I'd say a month or two if past updates are any clue.

The Highlights:
  • Tethering and portable hotspots
  • Improved voice search (greatly improved)
  • Speed enhancement (Froyo 2.2 is much faster than Eclair 2.1)
  • Browser based enhancements (camera, microphone and compass work in the browser.)
  • Cloud and pp sharing/send-to-android. (directions, articles etc; searched on computer open on phone)
  • Search within app data.
  • Application data backup
  • Support for app installation on SD Card (automatic SD install when you run out of space)
  • Update all button in the market, as well as automatic app updating option.
  • Android market browse-able from the web.
  • Send apps from the web to your device.
  • Stream your entire music library to your android device.

In case you haven't seen the video here is a quick look at some of the features covered at I/O that will be in Android 2.2

*Also Flash 10.1 entered public beta today. It has been stated that the 10.1 will work only on 2.2 devices.
You can follow this link and download the beta.

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