Google announces Froyo: Android 2.2

It’s now official, Google will release in a few weeks time the latest version of its mobile OS Android 2.2 dubbed Froyo.

The announcement was made during the Google I/O event and here’s the official video for more information:

And here are the update highlights about Froyo:

  • Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices.
  • Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.
    Exchange Calendars are now supported in the Calendar application.
  • 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).
    Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory.
  • Portable WiFi hotspot: Certain devices like the Nexus One can be turned into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that can be shared with up to 8 devices.

Of all the new features, the one that enables your Android phone to become a Wi-Fi hotspot is my favorite. That’s why now I’m really torn between getting a BlackBerry or an Android-powered phone.

What do you guys think?

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