Vic Gundotra announced Froyo as a major overhaul of Android that covers “five major areas of investment into the platform.” Screw the wordy intro…let’s get to the facts! First off, there’s too much information to include in one post. Read these articles for more on big subjects: Android Market website will be searchable, browseable, syncable GoogleTV makes Android, TV, and web one seamless media experience Google confirms Android 2.2 with massive list of new features. Android Market – YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Search apps inside apps, move apps to SD card, Update all & auto-update. Yes! Yes! Search box has been improved, so developers can make their apps searchable in the homescreen search widget. Apps2SD – Android will “intelligently” install the app to the SD card based on size. Users will never have to worry about when to install on phone or the SD card. Users can then manually do it (if they choose). Update All – No longer do you have to deal with those pesky reminders to updated each app. You can press a button and update them all! Android even allows you to auto-update apps so you don’t even need reminders. Read more after the break.

The Google I/O developer conference continued this morning with the official announcement ofGoogle TV, the search giant’s much anticipated foray into the televisual and attempt at revolutionizing the format. Trying to create revolutions has become something of Google’s MO, what with the hype machine driving the releases of Google Wave and the Nexus One superphone, and if you bought into that hype you might be a bit wary about buying into this latest of Google paradigm shifts. All the same, Google has clearly invested some serious thought into how to answer the now age-old question of “How do you rightly combine the computer screen with the TV screen?” And in a way that makes one wonder where the competition has been all this time. Google and their partners have worked on a suite of hardware and software — from set-top boxes, to apps, to TVs — that will work together to make channel surfing a thing of the past and do away with those necessarily evil guide menus that most of us have gotten used to. Centering on search (this is Google after all), customers will be able to search for their preferred content via a universal search bar, save it, and come back to it whenever they please. Making use of the Android platform, the extensibility of the experience to different devices is pretty clear and only depends of developers’ imaginations as to how you might use your Android smartphone or even computer as a part of watching TV. To get a clearer idea of what I’m talking about, check out the video below. More after the break.

Today at the Google IO keynote, Google announced the new features that Android 2.2 code named “Froyo” will introduce. Android 2.2 will be available via update for the super popular Sprint HTC EVO 4G phone this July! One of the many improvements that Android 2.2 will bring is better performance when running applications. They have made improvements to how applications are compiled that allows apps to run more efficiently, which ultimately allows the applications to run faster and smoother than ever before. Android’s web browser Chrome, has also been improved with a 2-3x javascript performance boost using the V8 engine which allows web apps to load a lot faster with Android 2.2. During the live demonstration using Sun’s standard Spider javascript test,  Chrome on Android 2.2 out performed the same phone running Android 2.1 and even outperformed the Apple iPad running Safari! Google also announced that Android 2.2 will improve the Chrome browser by adding better HTML 5 support which will allow the browser to utilize features of the phone that were never possible in previous Android OS versions. These new features include the ability for the browser to utilize the phone’s accelerometer in web based apps such as Google Maps to change the viewing angle instead of having to use on-screen controls. They also demonstrated how HTML 5 will allow you to use the phone’s camera in web-based apps such as Google Buzz to take a picture and share it right from your web-browser! To top it off, Android 2.2 will be the first mobile operating system that will have native flash support. With Android 2.2, the Chrome web browser will have full Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support to allow you to view flash-based websites, play flash games, and more! This is something that not even the iPhone is capable […]

If you tuned in today for the Google I/O keynote, you may have noticed there was all but nothing spoken about any of the Android rumors that have been swirling around for the past month. Well, that’s all well and good, because we know there is a whole second keynote tomorrow. And while it is sort of obvious that Google must be talking about Android tomorrow (since they didn’t today, and there is definitely some huge Android news coming from Google I/O), the oft-mentioned Google TV project which has been rumored as a collaboration between Sony, Google, and Intel hasn’t quite got any real confirmation. Well, I’d say the number of rumors containing fairly hard facts are good enough confirmation, but in case everyone was still wondering, through the manipulation of the press site Google has forwarded to all of us blogger and press-types covering today’s announcements, the page for tomorrow has been uncovered early. And by manipulation we mean as simple as changing “day-1-announcements” to “day-2-announcements.” When done so, the page for tomorrow is still lacking in any real news, but there is a helpful reminder that tomorrow they will need to: “Insert Android press release / TV press release” Have to give the credit to Jason Kincaid over at TechCrunch for his brilliant deductive skills, such an obvious little “hack” that I’m sure no one else even thought to try it. So now that day 1 is chugging along and most if its major announcements are out of the way, we know the real treats are in store for us Android lovers tomorrow, and I don’t know about you guys, but if treats are to be had, I’m craving some FroYo. And maybe a Google TV. Trackback: Phandroid

Google’s developer conference today in San Francisco is seeing the company offer a range of announcements across its products. Here’s your quick guide to the news, which we’ll be updating Wednesday and Thursday. The freshest news is at the top: App Store for the Web: Google is putting together a directory of web apps called Chrome Web Store, though no launch date was specified. The apps will be mostly HTML 5 but will include Flash as well. App makers like TweetDeck have made HTML 5 versions that access APIs for notifications and geo-tagging in the browser, acting much like native clients. Google is working with Unity Technologies on Native Client to help transfer rich immersive 3-D games in the browser. Open Video: Google released WebM, an open media format for the web-based on VP8, the codec it acquired along with On2. NewTeeVee had scooped this news more than a month ago, and has the full story today. Mozilla and Opera are on board to support the new format, and YouTube is converting its entire catalog. Adobe’s Kevin Lynch said VP8 will be included in Flash. Also on the video front, Clicker demoed a living room-ready version of its online TV guide, built with HTML 5. Wave for Everybody: The collaboration tool Google Wave, which was introduced at last year’s I/O, is now part of Google Labs and doesn’t require an invite. “If you tried Google Wave out a while ago, and found it not quite ready for real use: now is a good time to come back for a second try,” product manager Stephanie Hannon wrote in a blog post. Wave is also being added to Google Apps. Google Contextual Gadgets: Third parties can now build dynamic widgets into Gmail for businesses using Google Apps. Launch partners include Gist (see our WebWorkerDaily writeup), Kwaga (imports your […]

Today at Moscone West in San Francisco, we’re kicking off our largest developer conference of the year, Google I/O. Over two days, 5,000 people from 66 countries will hear from 200 speakers, see 180+ developer demonstrations and participate in more than 90 technical sessions, breakouts and fireside chats to meet engineers from Google and partner companies. At last year’s I/O, we demonstrated the potential of HTML5. Since then, the web has moved from a promising platform to a compelling setting for developers to build apps. This week we’ll celebrate this ongoing evolution of the web and share some of our latest work in moving the web forward and keeping it open. Today we’re announcing Google App Engine for Business, which offers new features that enable companies to build internal applications on the same reliable, scalable and secure infrastructure that we at Google use for our own apps. For greater cloud portability, we’re also teaming up with VMwareto make it easier for companies to build rich web apps and deploy them to the cloud of their choice or on-premise. In just one click, users of the new versions of SpringSource Tool Suite and Google Web Toolkit can deploy their application to Google App Engine for Business, a VMware environment or other infrastructure, such as Amazon EC2. There are already lots of great apps out on the web, but there hasn’t been one destination where you could easily find them. Our new Chrome Web Store is an open marketplace for web apps that helps people find the best web applications across the Internet and allows developers to reach new users. We also joined other web companies in announcing WebM, an open web media format project and open-sourced VP8, a high-quality, web-optimized video codec, that we are contributing to the project under a royalty-free license. We’re pleased to share some updates to our APIs too. Last year, […]

The annual Google I/O event is about to start and it’s going to be the hottest event for the Android and Google lovers. The event is going to be mostly about the Android operating system and would showcase the features of the new version of the Android OS. The new version would be the 2.2 and is going to be called the Froyo. The main features of the Froyo include the latest version of the Flash Mobile from Adobe and a personal favorite of all programmers in the world; a JIT (Just in Time) compiler integrated into the OS. These functions seem to make the Android much better because a lot of people use their Android phones for running nothing else than Flash animations and games. On top of that the new version of Flash would be extremely helpful in playing high quality You Tube videos as well. The JIT would help Android become a more flexible platform in terms of execution of more open source code. Apart from these improved features the new version of Android is expected to become more Game-friendly because its current versions don’t offer gamers a lot of freedom. We all know that Android is not too welcoming for people who just want to download and run a lot of games. It is for this reason that Google has been considering this issue very seriously and is collaborating with developers to create better compatibility for games. The I/O event can be followed on the internet on You Tube and second by second updates on Twitter. To watch the keynotes, log onto the Google Developers YouTube channel ( on Wednesday, May 19, 9:00 -10:30am PT and Thursday, May 20, 8:30-10:00am PT. While you are there you can browse through a selection of interviews, screencasts and Google Code […]

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Wow. That’s all I really have to say about this – can you imagine a) carrying that thing around and b) trying to use it on your lap? What a giant! IF they can make this light enough, I think it may have a place in the market, but if it weighs a ton, like those 286 suit-case sized laptops from the 80s (the ones with the orange and black screens), count me out. CES 2010 has hosted tons of tablets, so it seems that this is the year of these devices after all. Now, we’ve stumbled upon a bunch of videos showing the new ICD Ultra and Vega Android tablets in action. Ultra is the LTE tablet made by ICD for Verizon, while Vega is meant to reach T-Mobile UK, as a desktop unit. Videos after the break.

Google I/O is only a few days away, and things are going to be exciting! After dominating search and making inroads on the smartphone market, Google apparently has its sights set on a new target: the TV in your living room. Multiple news outlets are reporting that Google, Intel and Sony are poised to unveil “Smart TV,” a new platform for Net-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes, at a Google developer conference later this week. Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal got the ball rolling late last month, reporting that Google’s new TV platform would be powered by a custom version of Android — the platform behind such phones as theMotorola Droid on Verizon and the upcoming HTC Evo 4G for Sprint — as well as Intel’s Atom processor. Sony is reportedly looking to integrate Google’s Smart TV platform into its TVs and at least one set-top box, the Journal reports, while Logitech is working on a keyboard-equipped remote, according to Bloomberg. The deal may be unveiled as early as Wednesday or Thursday at Google’s I/O conference, where the search giant may “call on its Android development community” to start building apps for TVs, the Financial Times claimed in a report Sunday. So, what exactly are we talking about here with Smart TV? Details are still sketchy, of course, but Bloomberg describes it as a platform in which “Internet access will be integrated with advanced television guides, personal content libraries and search.” In other words, think of an on-screen programming grid imbued with Google-enhanced data and search results, for starters. I’d also expect integrated YouTube, along with Smart TV apps for such usual suspects as (and I’m just speculating here, by the way) Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, and so on. If Google does reveal its rumored Smart TV platform this week, it’ll be entering a field already crowded by such players […]

Google seems set to make more enhancements to the user experience the next flavor of its mobileoperating system, Android, can offer. The platform version, dubbed Android 2.2 or Froyo, is expected to bring forth a great deal of performance improvements, along with some features that somehow come as a surprise, including WiFi and USB-based tethering. The Android operating system is already enjoying a great momentum on the market around the world, with recent reports showing that it ended the first quarter of the ongoing year on the second place in the US, and it seems that things are about to get better. Android phone users can already enjoy on their devices features such as pinch to zoom, voice to text translation, or support for enterprise-class email standards, and the next version of the OS seems set to up the ante by including tethering functionality. Of course, wireless carriers might not see this feature with the same eyes as end users would. However, in case the reports pan out, those who will purchase devices powered by Android 2.2 should be able to share the Internet connection on their phone with a desktop computer or another device, either via a USB cable or via Wi-Fi. In other words, the smartphone would act as a modem, providing additional devices with Internet connectivity. The info on the tethering capabilities of Froyo came from IntoMobile, which grabbed a screenshot proving that the feature will be included in the OS, and which states the following on the matter: “thanks to a couple screenshots of the upcoming Android 2.2 OS (pictured above), we now know that Froyo will offer the options to tether the phone using a USB cable or to turn any Android phone into a portable WiFi router – like a MiFi Portable Hotspot.” In […]

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