Android (2.2) Froyo On Its Way

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This one's for all of you that aren't Apple fanboys - myself included. Google announced Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) today at its I/O Developer Conference.

This latest update to the open platform for mobile devices include portable hotspot functionality, support for Adobe flash within the Android Browser and some much needed improvements to the Android Market. the most significant aspect of the update are the new tools and options available for developers including performance and speed enhancements, new enterprise capabilities, the addition of the V8 Javascript engine to the Android browser and a new set of APIs and services.

“The growth of the Android ecosystem continues to exceed our expectations,” said Andy Rubin, VP, Engineering. “Every day, 100,000 new people start using Android-based handsets. There are now more than 180,000 active Android developers who have contributed over 50,000 apps to the Android Market. Froyo is another step toward making Android an even better platform for developers, enterprises and consumers.”

Developers can download the Android 2.2 SDK and Android NDK, Revision 4 now from the Android developer site. Froyo will be made available to OEMs and the open source community in the coming weeks.

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