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Android 2.2 Froyo Smartphone

I saw the feature list of Android 2.2.  It struck me that most of new features are, well ordinary.  Most of them has been around in the mobile world  for yonkers but only recently available on the Android. No indication of exchange of business cards via SMS is available.

So I did a quick back-of-the-envelope comparison with my smartphone, Nokia E71

Andriod 2.2 E71
Flash 10.1 support Unknown
One of the most awaited addons – full Flash 10.1 support is on board the Andrid 2.2 Froyo. For now it’s beta, but the final version is slated for June release. Platform Specific
New web browser V8 Javascript engine allows faster loading of JavaScript-heavy pages. Platform Specific
2x-5x performance improvement for CPU-heavy apps thanks to the Dalvik JIT Compiler. Platform Specific
Improved memory management allowing faster app switching and smoother performance on memory-constrained devices. Platform Specific
Extended Exchange support
Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices. Feature exists
Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen. No
Exchange Calendars are now supported in the Calendar application. Feature exists
Auto-discovery: you just need to know your user-name and password to easily set up and sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher). Feature exists
Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory. Feature exists
Enhanced camera capabilities
Onscreen camera keys allows controlling zooming, flash, white balance, geo-tagging, focus and exposure. Feature exists
Camcorder can now make use of LED flash as video light. Feature exists
Camera now supports portrait orientation. No
Apps management
You can install applications on the shared external storage (SD card, for instance). No
The Cloud-based Backup and Restore service can now backup some of the thrid-party app data for future restores. MFE and Google
New bug reporting feature for Android Market apps send developers crash and freeze reports Not Applicable
New “car mode” and “night mode” controls and configurations allow applications to adjust their UI for these situations. Feature exists
Misc enhancements
You can use the smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices. No
You can tether the smartphone to a computer as a 3G modem over a USB cable. Feature exists
3D Gallery allows you to peek into picture stacks using a zoom gesture. Add on via Photo Browser
The Phone, Applications Launcher, and Browser now have dedicated shortcuts on the Home screen that are always visible. Feature exists
Supportr for multi-lingual keyboards – toggling Latin-based keyboards is a flick away. Feature exists
Voice dialing over Bluetooth. Feature exists
Contact sharing over Bluetooth. Feature exists


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