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Android 2.2 For HTC EVO And Other Select Phones Might Hit Tomorrow

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Android 2.2 For HTC EVO And Other Select Phones Might Hit Tomorrow




Owners of the HTC EVO 3G/4G and other select phones can start to celebrate, as it appears Android 2.2 Froyo (operating system for HTC EVO) could be available tomorrow. Why should you be excited for this upgrade? One of the many improvements that Android 2.2 will bring is better performance when running applications. They have made improvements to how applications are compiled that allows apps to run more efficiently, which ultimately allows the applications to run faster and smoother than ever before. Android's web browser Chrome, has also been improved with a 2-3x javascript performance boost using the V8 engine which allows web apps to load a lot faster with Android 2.2. During the live demonstration using Sun's standard Spider javascript test, Chrome on Android 2.2 out performed the same phone running Android 2.1 and even outperformed the Apple iPad running Safari!

As soon as the update is released, we will be doing extensive tests on 2.2 Froyo and will post our results with the latest version.

Froyo Android 2.2 Features:
  • Android 2.2 will improve the Chrome browser by adding better HTML 5 support.
  • Preloaded Widgets.
  • Flashlight Mode - (Uses LED Flash).
  • Light assisted 720P video recording
  • Cloud to Device messaging API - (allows users to send commands to their Android device to launch applications, perform tasks, and much more).
  • Automatic Updates - (The ability to have all of your applications automatically)
  • Google's Auto-Fill Search - Uses Google's Auto-fill search to guess at what you are trying to search
  • Search within application data
  • Install/Move Apps to SD Card
  • Desktop Android Marketplace - (You will now be able to access the Android marketplace via your desktop on your web-browser).

Internal Sprint documents have shown up indicating some pretty clear plans for this weekend. Within these documents they specified MR is a high priority for competitive reasons and currently slated to launch at 12:00 pm CST on 7/30. The software will be available over the air via HTC FOTA servers and downloadable via 3G/Wi-Fi/4G. Customers will be able to use the handset during download but not during installation process. A PR announcement for 2.2 will happen Friday 7/30 morning. The announcement will let the communities know that we will start pushing out 2.2 beginning the week of 8/1. For a test bed, the new software will be available on client initiated on Friday afternoon which will give a good sampling before proactively pushing the notification software available Tuesday 8/2 (assuming everything goes well).

Google has said the HTC EVO 4G will provide consumers with the best Android experience possible with it's 4.3in screen, 8mp camera, HDMI output, and most of all the first phone to use 4G technology to provide speeds up to 10mbit/sec!

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