Android 2.2 Platform Highlights
As with any platform update, the Android 2.2 has run into issues. However, it is still one of the most anticipated updates the market has witnessed in recent times. In this guide, we will explore why the android 2.2 update is so anticipated for both users and developers alike.
Improvements to Performance
One of the most important features that the Android focused on with this update was to fix performance issues found in the 2.1 version. The 2.2 platform offers a much better browser performance due to its improved V8 engine. The engine specialises in quicker loading time for web pages (especially Java heavy pages.) Dalvik JIT has also been added to the phone, which boosts CPU heavy code by up to five times from the 2.1 update. However, the most impressive update is the Kernel Memory Management Boost, which has increased the speed between switching applications, which allows for the phone to run smoother than ever before.
Introduction of Support Features
The 2.2 update also brought about needed support features that the 2.1 update lacked. For example:
Security – the 2.2 Android update has a new password feature, which has been used on other smartphones for years. This security feature allows the user to unlock their phone with a numerical pin or an alpha pin.
Remote Security – if the device is lost or stolen, it can be fully wiped (back to original factory settings) from a computer. This makes sure that all the information on the phone remains secure at all times.
Auto Complete – users now have the option to configure their phone to their email, which will auto-fill in the required details for your contacts.
There are also various other features, like being able to set up an exchange account without too much effort.
Home Screen Tips
The android 2.2 platform comes with a home screen which has been well received by those who tested it. This screen has a widget which allows you to optimise the performance of your home screens. All the 5 home screen panels have shortcuts to make finding the necessary features much easier than version 2.1.
The keyboard now can be changed to additional languages; including all the major European languages. These languages are also supported in the predictive text feature, which makes texting to somebody in another language much easier than before.
The camera and gallery has gone through updates to make sure this platform has not been left behind when compared to the camera features of the Symbian OS and IOS platforms. New features include the ability to bring up additional detail on pictures with a zoom feature, on screen buttons that make it easier to share your photos, and an LED flashlight which means that videos can be filmed at night.
One of the most impressive update platform highlights is the ability to connect your phone to your Windows or Linux laptop and share your connection between the android phone and the computer. This essentially makes every Android phone a hotspot.
As well as all the ‘user friendly’ developments listed above the 2.2 update has also seen platform updates, including; voice dialling over Bluetooth, support for Bluetooth in cars and improved compatibility with car kits, which have all increased the quality of Bluetooth based phone calls.
The 2.2 android update has also focused on updates for developers. Here is a list of the updates for developers:
Error Reports – enables developers to see crash and bug reports on their own phone without any issue.
The platform has also gone through rigorous developer API updates, including:
Camera Frame rate – frame rate has doubled to 20 frames per second.
Data Backup – applications can now be backed up externally. This means that if the phone is restored to factory settings then the apps can be placed back on the phone as they were before the reset.
Policy Manager – the policy manager allows developers to write code for additional security features, including the need for minimum password strength without too many problems.
It is more than strange to see a development of this velocity that did not constitute a whole number. However, this was more than required when you look at the features that 2.1 left out. To say that android needed an update of this size is an understatement.