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Google, as expected, has unveiled Android 2.2 — aka Froyo — at its I/O developers conference. In conjunction with this announcement, Adobe formally introduced Flash 10.1 for Android. You can see both Froyo and the new Flash in action in this video. Verdict: sweet.


Google, as expected, has unveiled Android 2.2 — aka Froyo — at its I/O developers conference. Froyo brings some awesome new features to the Android platform, not the least of which is Wi-Fi and USB tethering. Android 2.2 phones have mobile hotspot capability baked right into the platform now. The new OS version also includes huge speed increases in the handling of Java code, which is significant as many apps are written using Java.

In conjunction with this announcement, Adobe formally introduced Flash 10.1 for Android. Flash 10.1 brings full Flash handling to Android and the web browser.

You can see both Froyo and the new Flash in action in this video, including the speed improvements. The Nexus One shown is the fastest Android phone I’ve seen yet, due to the new Android 2.2. In the video this speed improvement is shown against the Verizon Droid Incredible, the previous performance champ.

Note: The Flash 10.1 public beta for Android kicks off today, and Android 2.2 is the minimum system requirement. The new version has dependencies only present in Android 2.2 and will not work with earlier versions of Android. The beta will be available for download in the Android Market, but only for phones with Froyo installed. Google has not yet finalized which handsets will be getting an Android 2.2 update.

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  1. “The Flash 10.1 public beta for Android kicks off today, and Android 2.2 is the minimum system requirement.”

    “Google has not yet finalized which handsets will be getting an Android 2.2 update.”

    Nope, no fragmentation here. Move along.

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  2. Come’on Mike give them a break. At least its released and it is going to rock the ipad boat. Better late than never.
    As long as the Dell mini 5 and EVO get it – I am fine ;)

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  3. What they don’t mention here is that it melts your battery!

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  4. All in all Android 2.2 looks incredible. I just got done watching the live broadcast and I was struck by the amount of innovation around Android in just a few years especially compared to windows over the past 20+

    Goes to show how an open platform can really innovate quickly with proper support.

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    1. “in just a few years”?

      How about less than two years? Or, just 18 months?

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  5. JK,

    Any idea when Froyo will be available for the general public on the Nexus One? Also, what was your experience with Froyo and the N1′s battery life?

    A S

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  6. wonder if the new EVO will get 2.2 or a quick upgrade?

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  7. James, as soon as you enabled the WiFi hotspot, you are no longer on WiFi… Your 3G was so good that you didn’t even notice that. :p

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  8. The Nexus one is a really nice phone.. but i don’t get it why htc always uses these f***ing touchbuttons on the bottom. The htc hero would be the only phone i could really work with.. because its the only one with real hardware buttons

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    1. Buttons get worn out touch virtual buttons don’t! And this from a hero owner!

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  9. Hello,

    what’s the url that Adobe is using to showcase optimized Flash content?

    tnx

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  10. what are the widgets that he uses?

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