Ever since Android Marshmallow, version updates for the world’s most popular mobile operating system have been less about major redesigns and more about tweaking what works to make everything better. And, for the most part, it works because Android Oreo is definitely a slick experience.
However, with Android P, Google‘s shaking things up. This version of Android represents the biggest overhaul the company has made to the way you experience Android for a long time. It’s almost like an entirely new OS and here are the three biggest changes you need to know about.
The latest flavour of Android will be revealed next week. To make it extra special, Google is timing its touchdown with the upcoming solar eclipse that’s sweeping through the United States.
For the Android platform, Google used various dessert or food names for its naming convention in alphabetical order. It started with C with Cupcake (Android 1.5), followed by Donut (1.6), EClair (2.0/2.1) and Frozen Yoghurt (2.2).
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Android Developers Blog had released a new snapshot of the Android version cake for 1st September. Today the latest Android 2.2 Froyo had taken a bigger slice than ever at 28.7% which holds the number 2 spot after Android 2.1 Eclair of 41.7%. Previously Android 2.1 dominated more than half of all Android devices out there.
As expected with new Android 2.2 updates, and new devices with Froyo installed, it is no surprise this latest version is gaining traction quickly. The older Android 1.5 and 1.6 versions are shrinking with 12.0% and 17.5% respectively. However we don’t expect them to die off dramatically anytime soon thanks to the likes of Sony Ericsson and Dell that are still clinging onto legacy versions.
We’re on a roll with Froyo and Google updates at the moment. It took a while but the Koreans will be the latest lucky geeks to be getting the Google Nexus One. And the deal gets even sweeter as the Nexus Ones heading to Korea will be running the latest Android OS, the 2.2 aka (Froyo).
KT will be the telco of choice if you’re in Korea and is in the market for a Nexus One. Outright it’s going to set you back an equivalent of RM1,900 or a very attractive RM410 for a 24-month contract.
Sadly, we’re nowhere near Korea at the moment. What’s more important is, when will Google and the device manufacturers clear the confusion on which devices that will be getting the Froyo and which will not.
The Android device segment is an interesting one where the platform is fragmented with different versions. As mentioned earlier, fragmentation is a big problem for Android where there are multiple versions namely Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.1 and the latest 2.2. Most newly developed Android apps only work well with the latest version and this will leave many Android users behind.
Just about months ago, the then latest 2.1 version stood at 27%. Today, Android 2.1 accounts to half of all Android devices out there. Not surprising considering new Android devices aggressively pushed today runs on Android 2.1. Contributing to the rise also are handset manufacturers that started offering firmware upgrades of older Android devices to version 2.1, like the HTC Hero.
Engadget has gotten their hands on a Google Nexus One running on Android 2.2 codename Froyo (Frozen Yogurt). They have played with the device and have review the list of changes and enhancement which we can all look forward to in the next Android update.
Enhancements noted as follows:
Speaking of Flash 10.1, it is now released as Beta but unfortunately it takes Android 2.2 (Froyo) as a minimum requirement. No chance for existing Android 2.1 or below to enjoy Flash 10.1 for the time being. Now it all depends on respective handset manufacturers to release an update for Android 2.2 when it is officially revealed.
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TechCrunch has spotted a mysteriously covered new figure at Googleplex which is believed to be the next release of the Android OS. For those who didn’t know, Google names each version of Android OS after a food or dessert of sorts. Cupcake was version 1.5, Donut was 1.6 and the latest Eclair is version 2.1. The upcoming 2.2 is called Froyo for Frozen Yoghurt (or Yogurt for US English).