Google is showing off the next version of Android right now - Android 2.2, aka Froyo. We're liveblogging it right now, but you can watch this post to get the key bullet points of the new version as we hear about them
App data backup
Improved Enterprise / Exchange Support
Push services - "Android Intent"
Tethering / Mobile Hotspot
Much faster browsing experience - V8 in browser
New functionality in browser- Camera, orientation, geolocation
Support for Adobe Flash and Adobe Air
Search the Android Marketplace directly from Quick Search
The ability to install applications on the SD card automatically
One-button update or automatic update for apps
The ability to purchase music from Android Marketplace
The ability to stream your own music from your desktop
The Froyo craziness continues - Google as already released the Software Development Kit for Android 2.2.
If you're an Android developer, go on over to the Android Developer site to get your download on so you can learn all about the new speed, how app data backup works, the fact that your app can now be installed on SD cards, and all the other hot details on Android 2.2.
While you're thinking about what 2.2 can offer your app, don't forget that Google's also offering enhanced mobile ads, if that's your model. Plus, hey, you might also think about how your app can work on Google TV. Not a bad time to be an Android developer, eh?
Like many of you, we are already wondering if and when our favorite Android phones will get the Froyo Android 2.2 upgrade. By "favorite Android phones" we naturally mean the hotness made by HTC. So, we asked and here's the deal: if your phone was released in 2010, you have a good chance of getting Froyo. Definitely on deck: The Desire, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G,MyTouch Slide, and future models. We don't have a specific ETA yet, but "second half of this year" is certainly a lot more promising than "someday, maybe."
Here's the official word:
[...] if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can't be more specific yet.
Google isn't taking Apple's iAds initiative sitting down (actually at Google IO, they are having all kinds of fun tweaking Apple), they're showing off more interactive ads right now - ads that aren't necessarily even Google ads, they can be served simply via Doubleclick (or whomever). Adsense for mobile apps has been offered to everybody at the Google IO conference with $100 free advertising credit.
The new ads can ads that send you directly to a mobile app, movie previews, "expandable" ads, do click-to-call directly, and more.
Google is currently showing off some amazing Android Marketplace improvements right now. You can now browse the Android Market from your desktop and send apps and music directly to your device over the internet without having to tether over USB (yet another shot at Apple there). Yep, Android Marketplace will be selling music soon.
What has us really pumped, however, is that they're currently demoing the ability to stream your own music (provided it isn't locked under DRM) from your desktop to your Android phone.
We are liveblogging Google's announcement of Froyo right and and while the new features have us very excited, what has us most intrigued is the rate of potshots taken at the iPhone: it's nearly one every three minutes so far. From...
pointing out that they have more web usage
to tweaking the fact that Apple's App Store is limited
to showing their new mobile browser literally lapping the iPad for speed
to pointing out that people actually want to use Flash on the web
to mocking the iTunes app and music desktop experience that requires you to tether over USB to transfer your new purchases
to talking about a "draconian" future where "one company" and "one man" controlled the mobile space...
...Google is clearly not afraid to thumb their nose at Steve Jobs & Co.
Google is showing off some numbers today: 100,000 devices sold a day, the number two smartphone in the US after BlackBerry, over 1 billion miles navigated with Google Navigator, 28 OEMs, 48 countries, 59 carriers. ...all in about 18 months.
T-Mobile just announced that the myTouch 3G Slide will be available on June 2 for $179.99 (after $50 mail in rebate) with new 2-year contract. Like we expected, the myTouch 3G Slide will be available in three colors: black, white and red and will hit retail stores, authorized dealers, and online all at once on June 2nd. The myTouch 3G Slide packs a 3.4-inch screen with a physical keyboard and 5-megapixel camera but its best feature has to be Android 2.1 + Sense. We've been anticipating the launch for some time, so June 2nd can't come soon enough! Are any of you guys getting the myTouch 3G Slide?
Hot on the heels of the news this week that the Chevy Volt is getting Google Maps support comes our hands-on with the upgraded Android app. You'll remember much of this from our hands-on at CES in January. But new this time around is the ability to locate the Volt anywhere from your phone, feed directions to the car's on-board navigation system from your phone, and otherwise make it the coolest electric-gas (the gasoline engine is only used to power the generator) vehicle we'll likely see this year. Check it out after the break.
We're going to get the skinny on the Froyo version of Android here in a few short hours. But news about Gingerbread (actual version number is yet unknown) is already trickling out. During Wednesday's lengthy keynote on HTML5 and the various back-end resources it uses, we heard a lot about WebM and VP8. And now we have this little nugget from The WebM Project, which states that WebM support is expected with Android in Gingerbread, "currently planned for Q4, 2010."
So there you go. It's a little early yet, but we may well see a pretty major revision of Android by the end of the year. [WebM Project via Eurodroid and Engadget]
Take a glass case. Fill it with a boatload of Android phones, tablets and MIDs. Stick it in the middle of a conference full of Android faithful. What do you get? A neon-green siren that beckoned even the most seasoned smartphone veteran. What all is in the case? Check out the video after the break.
Seesmic has been busy lately it seems. Not only did they reveal a preview of their new desktop client but they also have a new beta build of their popular Android Twitter client for Google I/O attendees. Since we have a man on the floor at Google I/O, we get a sneak preview of it too. As you can see from the screen shot, support for Google Buzz is in the works. No word on when it's expected to be released, but you can bet as soon as we know, we're going to share the good news.
The Android Amazon Kindle app: Coming this summer. The Android Amazon Kindle hands-on video: Coming right now, after the break. It's not a bad little app. Download and read ebooks right on your phone, change the font size and background color, and all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect. Check it out.
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