Wow, what an exciting morning for Google fans, and Android fans alike. Google really showed how impressive they can be, with the official announcement of Android 2.2 and GoogleTV. Despite rumors yesterday, Google TV will be powered by Android, so it will have open source power. But today’s first focus was on Froyo, and how much better Google has made the whole Android experience, even attendees got a huge surprise when it was revealed that everyone was getting a free HTC EVO 4G!
Vic Gundotra, VP of Google Engineering, kicked off today’s keynote with an awesome presentation of Froyo. Most of all our predictions came true today, Google has implemented some great new features into Froyo. We will start off with Adobe’s hand in all of this, officially Adobe Flash 10.1 beta and Adobe AIR pre-release will be available with Android 2.2. They also introduced a built-in tethering and hotspot feature, which until now was only available on rooted devices.
Google has also implemented Apps-to-SD, which the user can now install any or all of their downloaded market apps to their SD card. That was also another feature that was only available to rooted devices. Sticking with the apps, Google has added some nice update features to the Market, including the ability to update all apps with single click. But the big feature is the “automatic update” option. Users can choose to have the app automatically updated. We also will now have the Android Market available on your PC. Google is finally enabling users to browse and buy apps through their computer. Not only that, but they can send and install the app remotely to their Android device. The Google Quick Search box will also now search the Android Market, and apps installed on your device. Really making the ability to find new apps easy and fun. There was a whole lot more, but to make it easy for you guys, I will do special write-up later on everything that is now Android 2.2 Froyo.
The next big announcement was Google TV. Google pulled out all the stops with this. It will apparently work with your existing TV provder, right out of the box. The setup is quite simple, and it brings a web experience to your HDTV like nothing else you’ve seen before. It really blows Apple-TV right out of the water.
Once hooked up, it will work seamlessly with the internet to bring a content from both the web and your TV provider together. Everything you could imagine, Google thought of. You can search for TV shows, upcoming episodes, related web content, everything right from your TV with a special Google Quick Search box and the built in Chrome browser. YouTube is going to play a big part in Google TV. Google is also going to release a beta of a special, custom form of YouTube, called YouTube Lean Back.
As originally expected it will be powered by Android 2.1 and Google Chrome. They expect it to be updated to Android 2.2 in the future. Also as expected Sony will be manufacturing the first fully integrated Google TV, and fully integrated Blu-Ray players. Now if you don’t want to buy a whole new TV, well you don’t. Google is partnering with Logitech to make a set-top box that can be used with your existing HDTV. They also have partnered with Dish Network so you can get a full Google TV experience using their IP protocol. You will be able to use your DVR with Google TV to record future shows with no hassle at all.
There is just so much to go over I will be doing a complete write up of both Android 2.2 and Google TV later today. It was really exciting today, except for a few network hiccups on stage, Google’s day 2 keynote was magical! So stay tuned!