February 28, 2011

Android 2.2 Froyo – What’s New ?

Filed under: Android,Gadgets,Phones — yoga @ 6:20 pm
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For those who still don’t really know what the whole fuss about Android 2.2 Froyo is all about here’s a recap

New User Features



One of the most obvious difference noticeable is the translucent navigation bar that has access to the dialer, app tray and browser. 

New Home screen tips widget assists new users on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens. Another new widget is the app market widget which displays a slideshow of popular apps in the Android Market. The Google search bar has undergone some modification and now lets you search the web, contacts or apps. The YouTube widget has been given a slight facelift and now shows previews of the most viewed videos.

Exchange support

Exchange support

Exchange support
Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices. 

Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.

Exchange Calendars are now supported in the Calendar application.

Auto-discovery: you just need to know your user-name and password to easily set up and sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher).

Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory.

Gallery & Camera

Gallery & Camera

Camera and Gallery 

Gallery allows you to peek into picture stacks using a zoom gesture.

Camera onscreen buttons provide easy access to a new UI for controling zoom, flash, white balance, geo-tagging, focus and exposure. Camcorder also provides an easy way to set video size/quality for MMS and YouTube.

With the LED flash now enabled for the Camcorder, videos can be shot at night or in low light settings.

Portable hotspot

Portable hotspot

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.You can use your Android-powered phone as a 3G connection for a Windows or Linux laptop by connecting their phone to the computer with a USB cable. The connection is then shared between the two devices.



Multi language Keyboard

Multi-lingual users can add multiple languages to the keyboard and switch between multiple Latin-based input languages by swiping across the space bar. This changes the keys as well as the auto-suggest dictionary.

Move to SD Card
Application developlers can now have the option to allow their apps to be installed/moved to the SD card. A welcome change given that internal Flash is limited while SD cards are effectively unlimited. This feature however has to be enabled bt the developer first before the app can be installed onto the SD card. It’s adviseable to keep apps that has widgests displayed on the homescreen in the internal storage.

Some of the other highlights, briefly:

  • Camera: Controls are now more streamlined within the viewing window and much easier to sift through.
  • Gmail: Previous and Next navigation in every viewed message, and a much more colorful means of sifting through labels.
  • Calendar: The large green bars that took up much of the calendar space have been thoroughly fine-tuned into blue segments more
    indicative of the actual hour of day for each event.
  • Voice recognition settings: Does voice search have a perceived issue with your accent or colloquialisms? New options for voice recognition let you choose seven different dialects of English (US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Generic), Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. The latter worked quite well in testing, producing accurate Kanji for our horribly strewn together phrases.
  • Security: Sick of locking your device with a pattern? PIN codes are now accepted.
  • Car dock: A revamped interface spaces out the buttons, adds quick shortcuts to music and lighting adjustment, but decides it’s probably for the best to disable the hardware home button in lieu of an easier-to-press “Exit car mode” screen key.
  • Improved performance: Performance of the browser has been enhanced using the V8 engine, which enables faster loading of JavaScript-heavy pages.
  • Dalvik Performance Boost: 2x-5x performance speedup for CPU-heavy code over Android 2.1 with Dalvik JIT.
  • Kernel Memory Management Boost: Improved memory reclaim by up to 20x, which results in faster app switching and smoother performance on memory-constrained devices.

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