Google are soon to release the Android 2.2 update that will basically turn your SmartPhone into a mini Wi-Fi hotspot. The same update will significantly speed up your SmartPhone, apparently as much as five times faster than update 2.1, and it will enable your mobile to support Flash videos too.
At the Google developer conference which concluded this week, Google’s Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra, had more than 60 Android based SmartPhones on display and proudly boasted of Android’s “fantastic progress” and said that there were more than 100,000 Android activations daily.
The imminent update is called “Froyo” short for frozen yoghurt, and it follows on from the previous update in January this year which Google code named “Éclair”.
“It’s critically important for us to make the Android browser rock, and we’re going to constantly improve that browser. Froyo is a major step in that direction,” Gundotra said.
“We can claim Froyo has the world’s fastest mobile browser.”
Google have included USB tethering in Froyo which will allow different devices to share a single wireless connection and the ability to turn your SmartPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
“Now your android device can in fact become a portable hotspot and indeed serve the needs of the other devices… you go to another device that doesn’t have connectivity, lets say that iPad, and have one bill” explained Gundotra who said he himself carries a number of different devices around with him.
Froyo will also support the Flash 10.1 browser and Adobe AIR. Gundotra was obviously having a jibe at jobs when he said “It turns out that people actually use Flash”.
Oh yes and there’s easy to use voice input capabilities too and you will also be able to access the Android camera capabilities, location, accelerometer, and voice APIs from the handset via the browser.
Other changes include integration with Microsoft Exchange messaging system, as well as application data backup APA and cloud to device messaging capabilities and heaps more.
Of course by now you’re bound to be asking when Froyo will be available. Well the SDK for developers can be downloaded now from the Android developer’s site and according to Google, some devices will get the update in the next few weeks.