Google have just announced Froyo – no not some Hobbit themed browser, but the latest release of their Android OS for mobile devices. Android has always seemed to be playing a bit of a catch up with Apples iPhone OS, but the new features detailed seem to make it a lot more tempting.
The updates are in five key areas:
Speed: We all like things to be fast and due to a new compiler it seems that Froyo will be two to five times quicker than the old Android – that’s quite some improvement.
Enterprise: Where both the iPhone and Android suffer over Blackberry is their percieved lack of business ‘ability’ – there are lots of integration changes, but probably (and probably not advertised as such) the most business like features will be in the way companies will be able to shut down phones and control what their users put on them….
Services: This is where things get exciting – it seems that you’ll be able to use your Android phone as a wi-fi hotspot – with an external USB device being able to get online through your phone.
Browser: There are lots of upgrades to the browser – again it’s mostly to do with speed – Google reckon that Android will provide the quickest browsing of any mobile platform.
Marketplace: Changes and upgrades to the Android Marketplace see Google trying to make inroads to Apples App Store. One nice feature (available for a long time on the iPhone) is the ability to update all your apps at once rather than have to update individually.
Whether these new features are enough to lure people away from their iPhones or to drive business away from Blackberry, it’s hard to tell – one thing that might sway iPhone users is full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 public beta …something you won’t be seeing soon on your apple!
Here’s some more info for you: