FEATURES: What’s Included in Android 2.2 (Froyo)

A couple of hours ago Google discussed the new features that will be part of the new software update for their Android phones (Froyo) in the Google IO Developer Event.

The features include:

  1. Apps on External Storage – this will allow you to install applications to your SD card, meaning you’re no longer restricted to the built-in 140MB that the Desire offers.  Instead, if you run out of space you can just buy a larger capacity memory card.
  2. Dalvik JIT – without getting into much technical detail, this modification means that your phone will gain a speed boost of 2x to 5x higher than its current speed.
  3. Kernel Memory Management Boost – sounds a bit complex, but what it means is that it will handle applications running in the background a lot better so it’ll be quicker to switch between apps
  4. Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth – simple enough.  Use a bluetooth headset to dial contacts
  5. Data Backup – you can now backup all your data including application data (preferences, saved games, accounts etc).  This makes it a lot easier to format your phone, or to transfer everything to a new phone
  6. Web Browsing – Google claim that Froyo’s web browser is the FASTEST mobile web browser! On top of this they’ve added the V8 Javascript engine from their desktop Chrome browser, which means that interactive websites will run a lot smoother.
  7. WiFi Hotspot – make your phone act like a WiFi hotspot.  This means your laptop or computer will be able to connect to your phone via wireless and use your phones internet connection.

Plenty more stuff too, which if you’re interested in you can read about here

Adobe Flash

Flash player isn’t on the above list because it’s not actually part of Android.  It’s an add-on, but Adobe have confirmed that it will be available for Froyo.  The screenshot below shows the message I got when visiting the Adobe website on my HTC Desire:


Release Dates
Google have said that a public release of Froyo will be made in June.  This gives them enough time to polish off the update, and make sure that everything works as it should.
From today the 2.2 SDK is available to developers who can start updating their applications to make use of the new features such as being able to install to the SD Card.

For the Desire, we’ll be waiting on HTC to create a HTC Sense version of Froyo.  No timescale is given yet, but we can only hope that it’s not too long.
The impatient will most likely be able to get a Vanilla version (no HTC Sense) version from Modaco or XDA when the June release is out for the Nexus One.  You’ll need a rooted handset for this of course.

Final Word

It’s been a great day for Android.  I’m very pleased that the Applications to SDCard feature is included, I’m sure it’s the most important for most of us.  It’ll be interesting to see the performance boost too, and I’d really like to see how well the Flash player runs games.

No doubt HTC already have a test version of Froyo, and I wish they’re all working away at it as fast as possible so that we’re not waiting too long for this update to become available on the Desire.

  • on

    Any news on gapless playback in Froyo?

    http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=3461

  • James

    Thanks for the info can’t wait for the update

  • Toon Wijnen

    Nice and good news.

    Question: Does my HTC Desire update automatically to the new Android 2.2 With HTC Sence whenever possible? And does it effect my guarantee when i do update?

  • MrBrightside

    @Toon
    You’ll be notified on your phone that the update is available and it will be downloaded directly to your phone. There’s normally also a way to do it via computer and HTC will provide instructions on how to do that too.

    As it’s an official update released by HTC it does not affect your guarantee in any way.

  • Dave

    Silly question but does anyone know the when the update will be released for the Desire I update to this phone from my iPhone and found space very limited please someone give me some good news.

    Dave

  • on

    Dave: it seems to be the end of June but there’s no official date yet.

  • Dave

    Thanks buddy, I have seen on some websites that we should be getting update 23 June anyone believe this. Me I just hope to true and not a rumor.

    Dave

  • Griff

    My phone is rooted. Will this update install over this? I only rooted for the AP2SD feature so would not mind if it came with Froyo.

  • MrBrightside

    @Dave – I’m quite skeptical about the June 23rd date. It’s not out for the Nexus One yet, and also HTC don’t have such a good track record of pushing out updates. It’s been 6 months since 2.1 was released, yet Hero owners are still waiting for the update!

    @Griff – Yes, you should be able to install Froyo over it. I’m sure an RUU file will become available which will install Froyo and remove all traces of rooting your phone. Alternatively the devs will probably create a rooted version of Froyo which you can just install using the recovery menu.

  • Dave

    Feeling a little bit disappointed no update today should have guessed I will not listen to rumor on the internet again. I am going away to have a little cry.

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