Google Formally Introduces Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Google has officially unveiled the next generation of its Android operating system for mobile devices today at the Google I/O developer conference. The SDK is available for developers today, and Google says Android 2.2 Froyo will be available to OEMs in the next few weeks.

There are a ton of changes in Froyo, but here are some of the most exciting new features:

Tethering and WiFi hot spot
As expected, you’ll be able to tether your Android phone to a computer or other device, allowing you to share a 3G wireless connection without paying two separate bills…. should your carrier permit this functionality. If so, you’ll be able to turn your phone into a portable Wifi hot spot or share your connection over a USB connection.

Faster app performance
Google has added a new just-in-time Javascript compiler, which increases the speed of 3rd party apps by 200% to 500%. This is also something we’d heard about previously, but Google showed off a few demos making it clear just how much faster apps will run.

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2 thoughts on “Google Formally Introduces Android 2.2 (Froyo)”

  1. Hi Brad,

    Have you heard anything on Android phones for AT&T that a) will run a 2.x version of Android and b) won’t be locked down to run only apps from the Marketplace? I’m tied to AT&T until my wife’s phone contract runs out in December, but if a good phone came along, I’d be fine staying with them.


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