Google Announces Android 2.2 "Froyo" at I/O Event

Ryan Whitwam

Google has officially announced Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo. The new smartphone software comes with a plethora of improvements. One big addition to the platform is the new Just In Time (JIT) compiler. Google is claiming this new system will be able to run apps 2-5 times faster than the old Dalvik compiler. Google is also rolling out a cloud-to-device messaging API that looks like a sort of push notification system on steroids. Instead of just popping up a message, the system can launch apps or deliver data like map coordinates.

The rumored W-Fi hotspot functionality is on board as well. But the browser can make better use of that data as well. Google is updating the browser with the new V8 JavaScript engine which should double the speed of code execution. Flash 10.1 is on track for a public release next month, but will require Froyo. The Android Market is getting a boost with auto updates, and a web-based store with over the air downloads. Apps can also be moved to the SD card, but this feature must be enabled by developers. Finally, there is a slightly revamped home screen with links at the bottom of the screen that open the phone and web browser.

No word on official release dates. Google just said the new software would be out in the coming weeks. We assume that means it will be out for the Nexus one and maybe the Droid. Phones running a modified version of Android are likely in for a longer wait. Did you hear what you wanted from Google today?

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