What’s the big fuzz about ‘Froyo’?

The battle for web supremacy heats up as Google releases the latest Android 2.2 codename “Froyo” to mobile community. A move that surely brings everyone to the edge of their seats and can’t wait to get their hands wet with Google’s new update. What can it do? What are the new features? And of course, the million dollar question – is it better than iPhone OS.

Google began rolling out Android 2.2 Froyo for Google Nexus One smartphone users. Two of its most notable features are the support for Adobe Flash 10.1. and WiFi tethering. With Flash support, users can now watch online video, play Flash games, and do pretty much anything else online. WiFi Tethering allows user to share their phone’s data connection with other devices. Users can either hook it up via USB, saving battery-life and acting much like a 3G USB dongle, or they can create a Wi-Fi hotspot like the MiFi personal wireless router.

Android 2.2 also delivers powerful new tools and options for developers. These include performance & speed enhancements; new enterprise capabilities; the addition of the V8 Javascript engine to the Android browser; and a rich new set of APIs and services.

Other features:

– 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.

– 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.

– 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 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.

– 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.

So what is so exciting about this new mobile OS? Android 2.2 Froyo is now giving Apple iPhone OS a run for their money. For the first time, a serious contender is in the offing. Users are given a choice on what to use. Developers are given the opportunity to develop applications for one of the fastest growing operating system in the market today.

Supporting Flash definitely gives Froyo an edge over iPhone who up until now refuses to support Flash. WiFi tethering practically gives iPad Wifi an internet access – thus users can now either buy an iPad 3G or content themselves with an iPad WiFi and use Froyo as its data connection device.

So how will Apple answer all these? Steve Jobs said they will and he assures the public that they won’t be disapppointed. What does Steve Jobs means by this? iPhone OS 4 will soon be released and analyst are actually waiting for the surprises it will bring.

Another OS that will join the group is Microsoft Phone 7, the mobile operating system of Microsoft who according to the company will boasts new features such as multitasking among others.

So its going to be Android vs iPhone OS vs Windows Phone 7 in the mobile space for the meantime, until Meego and webOS comes into play. Now isn’t that exciting?

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