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 Android 2.2 launch imminent

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Date posted: 16/05/2010

The next version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 2.2, codenamed 'Froyo' after frozen yoghurt, is expected to be officially launched next week.

A giant statue of a cup of frozen yoghurt has been photographed alongside other oversized statues of desserts, such as the ?clair, the donut and the cupcake, in front of Google?s headquarters in Mountain View, California. This is a clear indication the launch of the latest version of its mobile phone operating system is imminent.

The operating system will have fully integrated Adobe Flash support, and there will be a massive improvement in speed, with unverified benchmark tests reported by the AndroidPolice website showing a 450% increase in speed over Android 2.1 (?clair).

According to TechCrunch?s Michael Arrington, the new version will enable Android phone owners to use their phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, and it will also have USB tethering built-in, which will allow the phone to be used as a modem to share its Internet connection with laptops and other portable devices such as gaming consoles.

It is unclear at present if the Wi-Fi hotspot and USB tethering features could be disabled by carriers or allowed only for an extra charge. (AT&T still has not enabled iPhone tethering.) It is also unclear which phones will run the new version.

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