New Froyo features announced at Google IO

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May 20, 2010

Besides giving away an HTC EVO 4G to all attendees, here’s the big news announced about Android 2.2 Froyo at Google IO today:

Features Announced At Google IO

  • Just-in-Time compiler confirmed
  • Microsoft Exchange integration including auto-discovery and remote wipe
  • New services just as data backup APIs for carriers to move your data from one device to another
  • Tethering announced for Wifi and USB, shown in demo, pokes fun at iPad; no word on whether carriers can disable it
  • 2x-3x performance boost in the Browser, new Javascript engine is SO much faster
  • Optimizations for using the camera, orientation (accelerometers) within the browser
  • Speech control and recognition is so much smoother, including Mandarin and Japanese, including speech recognition to make phone calls
  • Real-time language translation
  • Announced support for Flash Player 10.1 Public Beta and AIR developer pre-release, showed Flash working on Nickelodeon
  • New ways to work with apps:
    • Finding new apps (app search)
    • Searching data within apps (showed app search)
    • Installing to SD memory with a “Move to SD card” button within the Application Info screen, demoed Need for Speed game
    • Update All and Auto-Update confirmed
    • Bug reporting, can view stack trace online
  • Sneak peak of new Android Marketplace, because demo user is logged in, you can view your installed apps and over-the-air app sync
  • New Marketplace feature: over-the-air music sync
  • Sync your Android device with your iTunes library to live-stream your music to your device