Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Android 2.2 Froyo

I've haven't had much chance to post lately, there's been a lot going on in my life. I won't go into details but honestly I've been really busy! I'd also just like to say thanks to all the people who have got in touch with me, making suggestions and giving such positive feedback, it really is great to know that what I've written here is useful to loads of people out there.

OK so now onto the promised info' in this post, Froyo and Android 2.2. It looks like Google I/O tomorrow is going to be the day when we finally see the new Version of Android 2.2. It's been a while since 2.1 so it's going to be really interesting to see what is going to be new in Android 2.2.  Some of the main new feature that are being touted are:

  1. An all new JIT compiler, with some great speed increases.
  2. Full support for Flash 10.1
  3. Easy upgrading, some unbundling of apps from the main core.
  4. USB tethering so you can share your data connection with your laptop
  5. Portable Wi-Fi hot spotting for other devices.
These new feature are certainly interesting and there may be more yet to be announced. I do really like the idea of being able to easily upgrade to new versions of Android, at the moment it is really frustrating to be stuck on older versions of the OS , mainly due to the fact that it takes so long for manufactures to integrate their own UI mods into the new versions. Might it be technically possible for Google to push out firmware updates via the Android Market in future? Maybe not for older handsets, but if every phone that launches from the Froyo era onwards could have its OS updated free from network delays and interference it'd be a great move.
But for me the first two features on the list are the most interesting. The performance improvements achieved by the Dalvik JIT compiler simply sound astounding, with reports that there are improvements of 450%. Android Police have a a great article here detailing how they have used Linpack to benchmark the performance of Froyo.

Flash is also another big feature. Yes, there's been so much talk about this, and how well flash will run, but this has gotta to be a huge feature. I'm really looking forward to checking this out, hopefully it will be possible to compile and run flash apps within the new version of the Android emulator. Also if Flash 10.1 is going to be running on the likes of Symbain, Web OS and Blackberries this will give developers so much more scope to reach across platforms. Once I've checked a few things out here I hoping to give some tutorials on writing flash applications for Android, so keep reading this blog!

Yes, Android Froyo 2.2 really does sound like it's going to be a great release. I can't wait to see how it really flies. Now I just need to get my hands on a Android phone running 2.2. Anyone know how I can get hold of a nexus one in the UK? ;)


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