More Android 2.2 Details Emerge during Google I/O
As you'd expect, more details about Android 2.2 have trickled out since the start of Google I/O. The SDK was released two days ago, so we knew things were heating up, but Google has at last released some real details.
Code named Froyo, Android will be available for the Sprint Evo 4G this July, but it may trail the Nexus One that, according to the Google I/O Twitter feed, will be getting it in the next few weeks. Clearly, even though they're closing the Nexus One store, they aren't stopping support.
But the Nexus One and Evo aren't the only handsets to be getting Froyo. According to HTC, most phones launched this year will be offered an upgrade to Android 2.2, including the Desire and Droid Incrdible, the MyTouch Slide, and others. Sadly for early adopters (though hardly unsurprising), the original Android phone, the G1, will not get the update.
As for features, we already know about the native tethering and mobile hot spot abilities, though it's been confirmed that the hot spots will be available on a per-carrier level (I'm betting a certain carrier starting with a V is going to say "no" on that one).
Google has also announce a feature allowing Android 2.2 users to connect to their desktop or laptop computeres and stream their music library via 3G or 4G. And that, my friends, is very cool.
There are a ton of other improvements, including a claimed 20 new enterprise features (most of which are probably subsets of the announce Exchange support), but one of the most anticipated, at least by app addicts, is the ability to install apps to a memory card. 'Bout time.