Android 2.2 Froyo source code released; coming to Intel this summer, Droid by late July

June 24, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Google has officially released the source code for the latest version of their mobile operating system, Android 2.2 Froyo. The open source OS now has close to 4000 independent contributors working on it. The new version of the operating system brings in a huge increase in performance with new “Just-in-time” compiler support as well as support for Adobe Flash 10.1. The release of the source code signifies the Open Handset Alliance’s satisfaction and that it is ready for deployment across a number of phones from different manufacturers and carriers.

The Android 2.2 software upgrade is only available for Google Nexus One, it went from first FRF50 release, to FRF72 release and now is said to start pushing the latest FRF83 release to all Nexus One users over the air. Now that the source code is out, there will be custom ROMs available even to those phones which won’t officially receive a Froyo update.

Android 2.2’s rollout to other devices should include both Intel hardware and the original Motorola Droid. According to Renee James, senior VP for software and services at Intel, they expect Froyo to be the first version of Android to be officially available for x86 systems. As of now there are community-made versions of Android for the x86 platform but it is most popular on smartphones using ARM processors. This would mean Android will be coming to more netbooks and tablets running on Atom processors and also possibly on smartphones running on the newer Atom Z600 chip, once its ready.

According to a separate leak, it is known that the original Motorola Droid will receive the Android 2.2 Froyo update, rather than the newer Droid X. The Droid is slated to get the update in late July while the Droid X will have to wait till late August to get its taste of Froyo. This could be because the early Droid uses a virtually stock version of Android where the Droid X uses a slight amount of customization that would require extra testing.

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