You can squash any fears that Motorola's Droid 2 smartphone won't ship with Froyo (Android 2.2). And while you're at it, put to rest any suspicions you might have had that the $20/month mobile hotspot add-on and Flash Player 10.1 wouldn't be part of the mix, because it's all getting tossed in with Motorola's latest and greatest.
Courtesy of Verizon, the Droid 2 is finally official. In addition to the above, Droid 2 will ship with a revised QWERTY keyboard, Swype pre-installed, a 3.7-inch multitouch display, 5MP camera, DLNA streaming, 8GB of onboard memory, and an 8GB microSD card thrown in for good measure.
So when you can order one? Tomorrow's the day to mark on your calendar, which is when Verizon will offer up its newest smartphone in pre-order form for $200 with a 2-year contract. As for in-store availability, you'll have to wait one extra day.
Late last week, Motorola Droid users rejoiced as it was announced they would be receiving an Android 2.2 update this week. But now another announcement is leaving a sour taste in users' mouths. Verizon has announced that the update will not contain the Froyo standard USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In the statement, Verizon claimed it was a hardware issue, saying, "[the Droid] doesn't have [the] hardware to support a mobile hotspot."
Some users are calling Verizon's bluff though. The Droid is one of the most hackable Android phones available, and may custom ROMs exist for it. A rooted Droid is perfectly capable of running a hotspot with some of these ROMs. This fact makes Verizon's statement suspect. A more likely scenario is that Verizon simply doesn't want to allow users to use the free tethering in Froyo.
Some other Verizon phones, like the Droid X, have a special paid hotspot app that Verizon charges monthly for. It's possible Verizon and Motorola did not want to take the time to develop such a feature for a phone that is about to discontinued. What do you think? Conspiracy, or hardware shortcoming?
Android users will no longer have to put up with websites pocked with vexatiously barren patches. The full version of Flash 10.1 for Android will be be in the hands of handset makers on Tuesday. It has been redesigned from the ground up to provide an identical experience across various devices, including PCs , smartphones and tablets. A device with at least Android 2.2 (Froyo) is needed to run the rich media player in its new, mobile-friendly avatar.
"We may not see a huge number of these devices available on Tuesday, but the pipeline for Christmas, CES, Mobile World Congress next year is really exciting," Anup Muraka, director of technology strategy at Adobe, told IDG News Service. Though the mobile version promises a rich media experience on par with PCs, it boasts some new mobile-specific features, including support for multi-touch and accelerometers.
The latest version of the Flash player will soon debut on BlackBerry, Palm webOS, Windows Phone 7, LiMo, MeeGo, and Symbian phones .
In a blog post last Thursday, Android SDK Tech Lead Xavier Ducrohet promised that "Android 2.2 will be here soon, and some devices will get the update in the coming weeks." Making good on that promise, Google has now begun pushing out Android 2.2, otherwise known as "Froyo," to Nexus One owners.
If you're not seeing the update on your Nexus One just yet, hang tight. Like previous rollouts, Froyo's is staggered, and it appears that members of the press are getting first dibs, says MG Siegler over at TechCrunch. For those of you who find that unacceptable, you can always take matters into your own hands and manually install the update by following these instructions posted on Phandroid.com.
Android 2.2 ranks as the first mobile OS to fully support Adobe Flash 10.1. In addition, the latest update finally allows users to install applications to an SD card instead of their phone's internal memory. Some of the other features include an app launcher bar in place of the pop-out app tray, an improved camera, and tethering and mobile hotspot functions.
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.
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?