Android OS 2.2
On The Way
By Joseph Palenchar On Jun 7 2010 - 3:01am
San Francisco — The next generation
of Google’s Android OS will operate
faster, turn Android smartphones
into mobile WiFi hot spots, support
Adobe Flash within the browser, and
add new camera/camcorder features,
the company announced here during
its developers’ conference here.
The upgraded 2.2 OS, codenamed
Froyo (for frozen yogurt), also supports
voice dialing over Bluetooth, supports
Microsoft Exchange for enterprise users,
and makes room for more apps by
storing them on memory cards.
The OS is already available to app
developers, and over-the-air updates
to existing Android owners could be
available from carriers and handset
vendors for select phones in a few
weeks, a spokesman said.
Besides turning the handset into
a Wi-Fi hot spot that can be shared
with up to eight devices, Android 2.2
phones could also be used as a wireless
modem when connected to a Windows
or Linux laptop via USB cable.
New Bluetooth features include
voice dialing over Bluetooth, contact
sharing with other phones, and support
for Bluetooth-enable car and
Improved camera/camcorder features
include portrait orientation, access
to exposure data, and onscreen
buttons to control zoom, flash, white
balance, geo-tagging, focus and exposure.
A new picture gallery feature will
create stacks of pictures. Camcorders
will benefit from using an LED flash to
take videos in low light or at night.
In other changes, the OS will provide
dedicated shortcuts on each of
five home-screen panels for phone
functions, Web browsing and app