Flash 10.1, Tethering & Hotspot Support

Adobe has taken much trashing from Apple lately due to inability of Flash to deliver a smooth user experience on mobile devices without sacrificing battery life. With Froyo, Adobe has teamed up with Google to prove them wrong. While Adobe’s claim that 250 million mobile devices will be Flash-enabled by the end of 2012 seems a little far-fetched, the Nexus One and Froyo seemed to handle flash quite well. However, things did get a little choppy on some of the more intensive websites like South Park Studios, which then, invariably took a toll on the battery life too. I’ll be honest, a warm Nexus One is not fun to hold in your hands...at all.

USB Tethering & Wi-Fi Hotspot

I believe this is one of the greatest additions to Froyo and an incredibly useful one at that. It allows you to share your phone’s GPRS or 3G connections via Wi-Fi to other devices by turning the phone into a wireless access point. Although it only supports WPA2 at this point, the feature itself is a lifesaver when your internet service goes out (like right now, as I write this article). Thumbs up to Google for including this!

Enterprise Features

Since I’m not important enough to have an exchange account, I haven’t been able to test the new features like support for Exchange calendars and remote wipe.

Application Specific Updates Performance
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  • SmCaudata - Friday, June 25, 2010 - link

    "...Froyo still lacks the overall smoothness and responsiveness of Apple's iOS. "

    I have an iPod touch and the thing lags and such all the time. They try to use animations to make it seem smooth, but it certainly isn't perfect. Granted it is an original touch, but from day one the thing would lag on me. I get delays adjusting settings. Delays launching the music player, etc... It is tolerable, but certainly not perfect.

    Why does Apple always get a free pass?
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  • ChronoReverse - Saturday, June 26, 2010 - link

    Apple always gets a free pass it seems =/

    At least you can fix many of these niggling factors. I'm using LauncherPro for instance so I don't get lag in the home screens for instance. Live wallpapers will obviously slow things down but they're also optional. Instead of the stock keyboard, I'm using the Swype beta and it works wonderfully (after an initial bout of training).

    Then there's other neat stuff like Navigation and Voice Searching that works rather well.
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    How could you say 2.2 isn't groundbreaking?

    1. Flash implementation, full web browsing capabilities on any website now.

    2. JIT compiler, making the processor 250% faster and more efficient.

    How are these not groundbreaking?
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