Different Flavors Of Android - The differences Between Android 2.1, 2.2 And 2.3
Different Flavors Of Android - The differences Between Android 2.1, 2.2 And 2.3What were the main differences between Android 2.1, 2.2 and the latest 2.3? Andwhat were the key benefits that users could enjoy? Read this article to find out.Android release roadmapWithin the space of a year in 2010, Google released three Android updates which form thebackbone of the vast majority of present day Android smartphones: Android 2.1 (Éclair) – January 2010 Android 2.2 (Froyo) – May 2010 Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) – December 2010 Source: Android Developers (Data collected during a 14-day period ending on July 5, 2011)In terms of overall market share, Android 2.2 (Froyo) retains a commanding position(59.4%) as the most popular Android smartphone OS in the world, however the latestversion of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is enjoying tremendous growth (17.6%) as usersupgrade in significant numbers to benefit from the latest and greatest features.As the needs of the users evolved so did Android, with key developments providinggradual improvements across the entire range of features from simple interfaceupdates to browser performance to memory management.
So what were the main differences between Android 2.1, 2.2 and the latest 2.3? Andwhat were the key benefits that users could enjoy? Continue reading this blog tofind out!Pick a flavourAndroid 2.1 (Éclair)Éclair provided users with a new and improved experience compared to Android 1.6 (Donut).With its debut on the Nexus One handset, the major change from Android 1.6 was theimprovement to the virtual keyboard with multi-touch support. Other improvementsincluded improved speed, better screen size resolution and contrast ratio, HTML 5 support,Google maps 3.1.2, MS Exchange Server integration, Flash for camera and Bluetooth v2.1functionality.Additionally, Live wallpapers were also introduced for the first time to provide even moreeye candy, while the front end was significanly upgraded: five home screens were providedinstead of three, home screen navigation was updated for easier access, a new Android applauncher gave a smoother user experience, new default widgets were available for the homescreen and a 3D photo gallery developed with Cooliris showed all your photos in a slickscrollable 3D view.Android 2.2 (Froyo)Whereas Eclair coud be argued as having basic, albeit important, features needed in asmartphone, Froyo improved on it with even more functions, new user features, developerfeatures, API changes and bug fixes. Froyo brought a polished, more responsiveexperience with some serious under-the-hood improvements for users to enjoy, largelythanks to the optimized code compiler that provides a 2x-5x performance boost forCPU-heavy code.The other major differences offered by Froyo include the support for high DPI screens (320dpi), such as 4” 720P, USB tethering, WiFi hotspot, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, integration ofChrome v8 JS Engine, general speed enhancements and performance optimization.Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) introduces many new functions and applications for users toexperience a richer, fuller multimedia environment. New platform technologies and APIs
for developers were provided to make use of the high resolution large screens, improvedprocessor speed and memory to create a great gaming experience.Other new features offered by Android 2.3 included a refined UI interface, improvedkeyboard, improved copy and paste, support for WebM video playback, internet calling andNFC (Near Field Communication). These features come in addition to the popular Androidfeatures like multi-tasking and Wi-Fi hotspots, Adobe Flash 10.1, and support for extra highDPI screens.Android 2.3 also has firmly integrated some application in to the platform like Google Mobileapps and a redesigned YouTube. In a world of connectivity, internet calling is oneparticularly attractive feature for users. Android 2.3 provides dedicated support for SIPaudio and video calling in addition to standard voice calling. Another important aspect inthe mobile operating system is the power management. Gingerbread handles it in a betterway, managing the applications and daemon application which are running at thebackground and closing the unnecessary applications that consume more power.Addicts of Android smartphones can find more information for side by sidecomparison here, Visit Chinavasion.com or paste this link into your browser:http://blog.chinavasion.com/index.php/9365/different-flavors-of-android-what-are-the-differences/
Side by side comparison ÉCLAIR (OS 2.1) FROYO (OS 2.2) GINGERBREAD (OS 2.3) Better screen size resolution Screen: 320 dpi, 720P Xtra large screen size and (QVGA @ 240×320) to high resolution (up to WXGA) density, normal screens Tips widget on homescreen WVGA800 (@ 480×800) and Better App Control WVGA854 (@ 480×854) Enhance browser performance using Chrome Improved power management Built-in camera flash support V8 engine through application control. Improved Android keyboard Better memory management Support for Near Field layout with multi-touch Communication (NFC) support USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot SIP VoIP support for internet HTML5 web browser support calling Exchange calendar Bluetooth 2.1 supported Multiple Camera Support, including front facing camera Improved Google Maps 3.1.2 Flash 10.1 Improve Android keyboard: Chinavasion bestseller: Batch/automatic updates of multi-touch, one-touch word Eximus – Android 2.1 Tablet apps selection and Copy-paste with 7 Inch Touchscreen and feature WiFi Apps installable in expandable memory Chinavasion bestseller: Ingenium 2.3 – Android 2.3 Chinavasion bestseller: Tablet with 7 Inch Touchscreen Eclipse – Dual SIM Android 2.2 Smartphone (Black)