Monday, 7 June 2010

Review: Android OS 2.2 Froyo

The Android 2.2 mobile OS is available for developers.

Code-named 'FroYo', which I have on very bad authority stands for Frozen Yoghurt, or for our American friends, Yo-gurt.

Did I mention I don't really do phones? Doesn't matter, the hot topic is how many other portable and tablet devices will run Android as a light-weight mobile OS over conventional desktop operating systems...

The new Home Screen Tips Widget assists new users, because we're all to stupid to figure this stuff out, on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens. Do I really need multiple home screens??

The Phone, applications Launcher, and Browser now have dedicated shortcuts on the Home screen, making it easy to access them from any of the 5 home screen panels. As if I don't have enough trouble trying to navigate my phone!

Android now goes corporate with Exchange support for email, calendars, syncing global address lists. So we can join the corporate lemmings on Open Source phones alongside their 7-series-Windows-Mobile-series-phone-seven-mobile... thing, or whatever the heck its called this month.

Because it has Exchange, you get a truckload of extra security measured;  new password options which Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices. And, Remote wipe, so Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen. Or they just don't like you.

Camera and Gallery
There's a new gesture based new UI for controling zoom, flash, white balance, geo-tagging, focus and exposure and the video options will crank out set video size/quality for MMS and YouTube.

Under the heading New Platform Technologies, comes a Media framework,  (Stagefright - I kid you not),  that supports local file playback and HTTP progressive streaming. TV on your phone.

Need a portable hotspot?
Certain devices like the Nexus One can be turned into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that can be shared with up to 8 devices. So if you don't care about your mobile data plan, you too can run up a phone bill bigger than the national debt of Greece.

Also in the new features list, apparently:
"you can use your Android-powered phone as a 3G connection for a Windows or Linux laptop by connecting the phone to the computer with a USB cable. The connection is then shared between the two devices." 
This has been on my Sony Ericsson for the last three years. Am I missing something?

And of course, Frozen Yoghurt is faster and uses less memory, or at least cleans up after itself once all your applications have crashed.

Of cource, I'm kidding. Android is Open-Source. I'm all for it. My next phone has to have android.  RC

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)


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