We all knew this was coming, but it’s good to see the official wraps come off of Google Android 2.2, the updated operating system affectionately known as Froyo in techie circles. Yup, they’re continuing with the food-based monikers for the mobile platform and this official announcement comes during Google I/O conference. Android 2.2 Froyo doesn’t really bring much in terms of surprises, but it does come with at least one quantum advantage over Android 2.1. There’s a new compiler, which is supposed to bring a 2-5x speed boost to your everyday functionality.
Beyond that, Google is bringing 20 new enterprise features (like better Exchange integration), a device backup app, a cloud-to-device messaging API, and WiFi tethering. Yup, go ahead and tether to your iPad… which is exactly what they did to demo the feature. It will also include Flash 10.1, which is optimized for the mobile platform.
It’s good to see that Google is making these incremental advances on its mobile platform, making the OS more and more appealing by the day and outshining Apple in almost every way. As was the case with previous releases, you may have to wait for your carrier to dish out the update, so sit tight. Android 2.2 is coming to Nexus One users first, with others to soon follow.