Froyo: Android 2.2 gets Official
Today during the Google I/O event, the company announced the latest release of their Android platform called Froyo (v2.2). The update introduced several improvements including a much better speed and performance.
Here are some of the highlights of the update:
Performance & Speed: The new Dalvik JIT compiler in Android 2.2 delivers between a 2-5X performance improvement in CPU-bound code vs. Android 2.1 according to various benchmarks.
Rich set of new APIs and Services: New data backup APIs enable apps to participate in data backup and restore, allowing an application’s last data to be restored when installed on a new or a reset device. Apps can utilize Android Cloud to Device Messaging to enable mobile alert, send to phone, and two-way push sync functionality. Developers can now declare whether their app should be installed on internal memory or an SD card. They can also let the system automatically determine the install location. On the native side, a new API now gives access to Skia bitmaps.
Additions to Android Market: Android Market provides Android Application Error Reports, a new bug reporting feature, giving developers access to crash and freeze reports from users. Developers will be able to access these reports via their account on the Android Market publisher website.
To give you a better understanding of Froyo, check out the official video below:
The update also fixes the problem of limited app installs to internal memory by adding support to an external SD card. Users will be able to choose where they want their Android apps installed so storage is no longer a problem.
Google didn’t give an exact date but they hinted it will be just a matter of weeks. They will also announce which mobile devices will be capable for upgrade to Android 2.2.
I’m hoping a lot of the entry-level Android handsets will be capable of the upgrade (possibly the Spica and the Hero). Should be pretty exciting.