Android Froyo 2.2 Beta Hands-on

Engadget posts that “Google just announced Android 2.2 “Froyo” at I/O, and the big addition is a just-in-time compiler, which brings a 2-5x speed boost to the system.

There are also 20 new enterprise features, including better Exchange integration and device administration APIs, as well as a new device backup app that’ll let you transfer personal data to a new device.

Android 2.2 also features a new cloud-to-device messaging API that Google called “much more than a push notification service designed to make up for a lack of basic features like multitasking,” and of course, WiFi tethering — which was used to get a WiFi iPad online during the demo to great cheers.

Google also demoed a new JavaScript engine in the Android browser, which is billed as “the world’s fastest web browser,” and a Chrome browser plugin that allows you to send directions from Maps on your desktop directly to your phone.”

Engadget has also posted a hands-on of Froyo with several screenshots – click the link below to visit them.


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