The wait is finally over as we now have the latest version of the Linux based open source mobile operating system from Google, the Android 2.2. Codenamed Froyo which stands for frozen yoghurt and carries on with Google’s convention of naming their OS after sweet desserts, the Android 2.2 has been officially announced at the Google IO conference held at San Francisco. And going by initial reports, the Froyo is thoroughly impressive and can well revolutionize the way mobile operating systems have been operating till now though Google has announced there’s still some waiting to be done for the Froyo to make its way into the mass market.
The coming of the Android 2.2 will also be a sweet piece of news for makers of e-readers and Tablet or Slates considering the plethora of such devices that runs the Android OS. And for those who have been praying for an Android device that not only matches the iPad in sheer performance but also out classes it, they have their prayers answered with the new Froyo.
Coming to the smart features of the Froyo, the Android 2.2 version will have painless support for WiFi tethering, which means it will now be possible for the sharing of a 3G connection on an Android phone to another device like the iPad. The Froyo is also fully compliant with the Flash format though as of now, the same can’t be said of Hulu.
Another interesting feature of the Froyo is its new speech recognition system that makes it possible for the device to comprehend complex phrases like ”pictures of the volcanic activity in Iceland spewing ash throughout Europe” or “pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset” followed by instant search against these terms. The speech recognition system was put up for demonstration at the IO conference where its shown to be effective for voice dialing or for opening up the dialer. There was also a webapp on display that would recognize spoken phrases automatically and then convert them into foreign languages.
There’s also the provision to save the apps in an SD card with it being upon Froyo to choose automatically whether it going to make use of internal or memory card storage. However, the users also have the discretion to override the choice if they so wish. Then there is in place a new system that makes reporting bugs to the developers a simple process. The Froyo also has the feature that allows the user to browse online for apps followed by installing them to the device OTA.
And lastly, there’s support for Flash that the Apple had so famously excluded from being part of their iPad. This, in spite of Google’s self proclaimed fondness for open source systems but explained the move by saying they’d like to include everyone out there which also includes those who love to deal with Flash and is in stark contrast to what Apple has done by completely eliminating Flash in favor of HTML 5.
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Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email