Rumor: Features Expected on Android 2.2

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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



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