Google makes Android 2.2 (Froyo) official

May 20, 2010: 12:21 PM ET

It's official. Google just announced Android 2.2 (Froyo), the latest update to its mobile operating system. Here's a handy run-down of some of its included features:

1. Microsoft Exchange support.

2. Applications that run 2-5 times faster thanks to the new compiler.

3. Users availing of tethering and hot spot will receive one joint bill from a carrier, a dig at the iPad, whether it be intentional or not.

4. The web browser now zips 2-3 times faster, faster in fact, than the iPad's browsing experience when compared side-by-side.

5. Orientation camera and speech standards

6. Applications:

  • are now auto-updated
  • can be saved on the SD Card
  • issue crash reports for developers

What's next?

  • Android marketplace is now accessible on a browser for PC.
  • Over-the-air updates
  • Over-the-air music streaming

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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