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Rumor: Features Expected on Android 2.2

The Google I/O event is happening in exactly one month from now and many believe that this will mark the first release of Froyo or Android 2.2 to developers.  It’s pretty well known that Google is also handing out free Nexus One and Motorola Droid devices to all in attendance which we can hope means they’ll all come pre-loaded with the latest OS plus Flash 10.1.

Here are some of the rumored additions expected to come out at Google I/O…

JIT Compiler
This is huge. With JIT enabled (Just-in-time compilation), applications will run a lot faster — like 3x faster. In addition to speed improvements, it has a positive effect on battery life. This feature is all but confirmed by the session list at Google I/O.

Automatic App Updates (more info)
For both application developers, and users, this feature will make a big difference. As a developer, you want your entire user base to be on the latest version of your software if possible — it gives you a tighter grip on the user experience, and makes supporting your software a bit easier.

FM Radio
This one is cool. It’s one thing to have a giant collection of MP3s that you listen to on the way to work — but what if you wanted to hear the morning show, or your local community radio station for the latest in the local independent music scene? You would have to pull out your Walkman.

New Linux kernel
New versions of things like this are good for several reasons — Security, stability, performance, etc. This latest version of the kernel actually uses less RAM — freeing it up for applications to use. This will have an all-around positive impact on your phone.

Flash 10.1 Support
Apple has been ignoring flash like it doesn’t exist. Google is taking another approach, and giving users what they actually want here. People have been clamoring for Flash support on their mobile devices, and thanks to Froyo, they will have it.

I’ve heard that the Motorola Droid has hardware issues which will not allow the FM Radio feature to ever work so if that functionality is added, it could be for the Nexus One only.  And while Flash 10.1 could be released to most of the developers in attendance at this event, it will likely come separate from a 2.2 OTA rollout.

The new kernel, JIT and auto-app updates are definitely huge news though.  Anything to make the system run smoother and faster right?

Source: ZDNet

  • chrishemmi

    I have no problem using voice dialing with my droid connected to my Sync in my explorer. but maybe that has to do with the sync feature of the car?

  • I cant wait for Flash. Its like counting down to Christmas.

  • Goosten

    talking about 2.2 already? haven't even got pushed 2.1 to my droid yet =(

  • HawgFan1979

    I am a recent root-ee, and I was wondering if we will have to re-root when 2.2 comes out? Will I (temporarily) lose any functionality of my phone when it is updated OTA?

  • Is it possible that this update will stop the occasional lag i get while listening to music??

  • a1locjaw

    My wish list…..

    True handsfree phone calling

    Ability to use 3-d maps while driving without having to enter a destination

    Share applications with other users

  • John L.

    Am I crazy but I only see one other person commenting about the fact that
    they have not yet added handsfree bluetooth voice dialing yet.
    You know, the feature thats been in phones since 2003, and is required by state law in a bunch of states.
    I LOVE MY DROID, however instead of FRAKKING FM radio's how about getting the voice dial over bluetooth working finally. It must be some kind of huge licensing problem and will probably never be done on the Motorola DROID because they should have been able to do it by now.
    Rediculous. but of course my next phone will be an Incredible or a Droid2, or a BB Bold 9650.

    Again, love my droid, but cheeses criest cant we get the bluetooth voice dialing done already. WTF !@!!!!

    • Spectre

      Strange, my unrooted Milestone (with running stock 2.1 on AT&T, originally from Telus) can voice dial via my BT headsets (Jabra JX10, Jawbone 2.) Clicking on the headset's answer button launches the Nuance Voice Dial app that is pre-installed on the device by Moto, which then prompts you for a command over the BT. Does the Droid not include the Nuance app?

  • LTD10

    Uggg.should i wait to root now? I am excited with a new update. I guess i use too many apps that slow me down. Everyone can use a little more speed and stability..

  • Wow. Now I'm excited. It's as if they've been listening to us. Now hopefully they don't put us thru the headache of last time.


  • Sounds pretty good, but I think I will stay rooted and overclocked on 2.1 until I can be rooted and overclocked on 2.2. The world of rooting and overclocking is too much fun to give up anytime soon.

  • I can't wait for JIT, the performance benefits have been proven, stability would be wonderful, haha. As for the FM support, I could do without. I would really like to see an updated browser, tabbed browsing, etc. The current browser still doesn't feel quite finished to me. Flash will be awesome, and just one more thing to shove in the faces of Apple fanboys. A new linux kernel is always welcome, too.

  • clee587

    I am glad to see that this may be coming to moto droid because I am starting to get really irritated with my phone. There is too much lag and it has slowed down tremendously… even to the point where I can't answer my calls sometimes because it freezes up. I downloaded helix launcher 2 and thought it was because of that but I uninstalled it and it is still doing the same thing. Hopefully, this new update will come soon and fix thos force close issues and speed up my processor or I may have to look at getting rid of this one 🙁

  • dannyyang524

    When is it comming for the Droid?

  • tonyval555

    I wish they would update the HANDS-FREE Dialing. There is no way to call hands-free. I tried a blue tooth and it will not activate the calling feature on the DROID. Your blue-tooth device will not work on 2.1 or 2.0.1.Once a call comes in you can use the blue-tooth, so this is really not a total hands-free device. If anyone knows how I'd love to find out. But I still love my DROID!!!!

    • a1locjaw

      You can't do that yet.. but I'm hoping for the near future…

      • chrishemmi

        I have no problem using voice dialing with my droid connected to my Sync in my explorer. but maybe that has to do with the sync feature of the car?

        • a1locjaw

          hmmm… interesting…. using it just as is in my car in the Droid cradle,
          and I try to voice dial, if there is any ambiguity in the name, I have to
          respond to an on-screen choice by selecting it with my finger……

  • dylan84

    Definitely looking forward to seeing what 2.2 brings to Android, and what it can do for the Droid. I'm especially looking forward to the Flash support, anything that will improve the performance of the Droid, and the automatic app update…something I would think would have been included long ago in Android.

  • Collin

    Kellex, do you have a ticket to I/O?

  • AC

    Maybe its been talked abour in a prev post, but whats the deal with updating to a possible 2.2 if your rooted?

  • dude, jason chen's comps were seized….editor of gizmodo. coincidentally after posting iphone 4g pics and what not. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….this is why i hate apple.

  • trackstar805

    FYI, if any of you want FM radio, buy the RadioTime app, three dollars will get you all AM/FM stations in the nation.

    • Brad Russell

      The iheartradio app is free and you can get all clear channel am/fm radio stations in the nation. Maybe not quite as good as RadioTime, I don't know, but you should be able to find something of interest there. I know it meets my needs at least.

    • Hoagie

      Thanks for suggesting this app just downloaded so far so good.

  • Cretus Bogg

    I was hoping to see more video and audio codecs supported. FLAC please!

    • joshbroton

      There are many custom ROMs with FLAC support built-in.

  • kulz

    automatic updates and the FM radio doesn't interest me much…but a new kernel? Flash? JIT compiler? BRING IT ON~! we can always use more RAM and stability! too bad the droid only has 256(?)MB ;

  • Winterfresh

    I hope that Google can get HIT working correctly. I'm skeptic because it seems like the devs are having trouble, and they seem to be much quicker at getting things to work than Google is, but that's understandable.

  • Automatic updates should have been around since 2.0 but I am excited for the possibilities of JIT. Better batter life and faster speeds is great. I expect Verizon and Motorola to issue a release date and then miss it by at least 12 months.

    • Winterfresh

      By auto updates it means that you won't have anymore notifications telling you that you have 5 updates available in the market, it will just download and install them.. well, automaticly =]

  • Octotron

    This is very exciting news. I cannot wait to see how Android will work with JIT!

  • syntakk

    This all sounds fantastic, I'm very excited for these upcoming changes! The lack of FM radio doesn't really bother me as there are already so many alternatives available.

    One thing I really wish you could do is copy/paste from emails. I have no idea why this isn't something that's built into the phone already.

    • raptorbot

      you can copy/paste from emails. hold shift then select text :}

      • amosk

        Wow, you just blew my freaking mind!

        • raptorbot

          i know right! :} i found out accidentally and you can use it almost anywhere there's text 🙂

  • Ace Z.

    Guys…I'm kind of worried about the relationship between Motorola and Google, its getting rocky. I hope this doesn't affect any future Android OS phones for Motorola because I am patiently waiting for the DROID 2 by Motorola to come out.

  • rals

    Hell yeah, I guess going back to stock won't be as bad after all.

  • emanuelC

    Bring It On!

  • Thanks for the updates, it would be cool to listen to FM radio again, its probably been about 10 years.

  • iApex

    I wish they would add a feature that does the following…Lets say a friend texts you asking for someone's number. This new feature should allow you to insert numbers from your contact list just like you would add a picture instead of having to swap between applications to get the number into a text message.

    I'm looking forward to the new update 🙂

    • I seem to remember an application that could do this on my old blackberry, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was. That portion of my brain was removed by an android. This would definitely be a helpful feature to add. Comes in handy often.

  • Static_prone

    this is exciting news, phone running better is just fantastic. so on an off topic note i am having issues logging in using my disqus login from my droid. i am not rooted and i have tried using the default browser, xscope and dolphin and all of them give me the same issue. i like the disqus link and it opens up the username/password screen and i can fill it out but when i click login it does nothing. i have powercycled and cleared all browser cache,history,cookies. any ideas?

    • emanuelC

      ive been having that same problem

      • Static_prone

        well at least i am not the only having the issue. 🙂

        • kellex

          Yeah Disqus login hates mobile browsers. Try logging in through disqus.com. I've had more success there.

          • Static_prone

            Thanks Kellex. Hopefully disqus will fix that, especially since the world of smartphones is getting larger and larger they need to catch up.

        • brain550

          I have just recently started having problems with discus, except it allows me to sign in and says I'm logged in but only some of the posts on this blog work. With this post, my screen name came up but with the “Incredible and 2.2” post it only allowed me to post as a guest. I have also had a problem with my browser shutting off and going back to the home screen with the same post, yet everyother one seems to work. Will have to wait till next post to see if this is going to be an ongoing issue.

          P.S. – This site rules.

  • Crezel C.

    Me likely. Thanks for the news, Bro

  • SumanMD

    I am a newly rooted user so sorry if this is a newbie question all around, but the JRummy Rom I have installed ..i checked out the “scripts” you can run in terminal and one of them is to enable JIT ..is that the same thing you are referencing above? I didn't do it because I was unsure what it was/would do. If so sounds pretty good!


    • Paul

      That was my understanding… but I've been scared to run it, one of the forums said their phone actually ran WORSE with it… LOL.

      • joshbroton

        I've used it with and without. I've found that the benchmarks are all WAY faster, but I haven't noticed a lot of real-world improvement that would justify JIT's instability.

    • Winterfresh

      It is the same thing, but on the current ROMs JIT causes softreboots. where multiple (random) times throughout the day, your phone will decide to reboot, which gets kind of annoying. but I have faith that they will get it right, I'm just hoping its sometime before the Droid 2 comes out =]

      • SumanMD

        ahh that explains it. I actually just reflashed the ROM because I was using Google Navigation and it was going crazy rebooting. I thought it was because I went ahead and pushed Helix 1 into system apps and deleted all the other launchers. thanks!!

  • Doolidg

    Ok Kellex…..so is this thing invite only? if it is were going to have to come up with a plan to get in…… Im thinking bogus google name badges and some thick glassed black framed glasses.. Im in Seattle…your in Portland Ill see you in a couple if hours..lolol

    • kellex

      You had to pay to get in or get invited. It's booked.

      • Doolidg

        I figured as much….just having a little fun

  • Papawiskas

    So what is the exact hardware problem with the DROID that will not allow the FM Radio to work. That sucks…

    • Michael_NM

      It would seem to me that Droid doesn't have an FM receiver (software can't fix a lack of hardware). While this would be cool, RadioTime, iheartradio, and Pandora are great alternatives. They're not limited to local stations either.

      • Octotron

        I agree… I hardly see the sense in switching from iheartradio to FM. Why lose the sound quality?

        • kaufkin

          “a Online Radio” gives me everything I need for AM / FM / netradio… and Lost.FM handles my “i'm in the mood for…” moments as well… I need FM why? (other then may be battery life…)

          • POedDrioid User

            Curious how “online radio” I works when want to to to listen to Kevin and Bean in the AM? Or I want to listen to the Laker game or I want to listen to local traffic to find out why I am stuck in traffic?

          • Google Maps handles the traffic part.


    • imrf

      The hardware problem would be that it doesn't have a FM Tuner built into it. Only makes sense.

    • teddyrucks

      The problem is I'll have to continue to pay MLB to listen to Twins games on my phone.

  • this is amazing. android is lapping the competition

  • My question is, why am I just now hearing about this event? lol I wanna go 🙁

    • kellex

      Its for developers.

      • We'll see about that…As Dave Mustaine once said, “I have friends in the FBI, Pentagon, and CIA” lol

      • gonzo319

        I sure hope the Cyanogen crew will be there to fill us in later

    • Annie

      I'm hoping for email signatures. I'm using a workaround right now , but it would be so much better if it was included. I use yahoo mail as that's my business email, so using gmail wouldn't solve the problem.

  • goose50

    Sounds better than 2.1 that for sure.

  • aarynk

    Exciting news Kellex!! Thanks again for all your info