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Android 2.2 Froyo source code released

Google says it has released the open source code of its new version 2.2 of Android, codenamed Froyo, to its partners for them to have a poke about with and start slipping into handsets.

According to a blog post, "Customers will enjoy great new features and improved browser performance. And developers will benefit from new tools such as Android cloud-to-device messaging (which makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data)."

This is Google's seventh platform release since it launched Android 1.0 in September 2008 and the outfit reckons it's faster as well as boasting new features such as Exchange capabilities to allow account auto-discovery and calendar sync. Device policy management APIs allow developers to write applications that can control security features of the device, Google said.

The firm also said the inclusion of the V8 JavaScript engine has resulted in a 2-3X improvement in JavaScript performance.

Froyo also adds native support for Adobe's newly-released Flash Player 10.1.

Google said there are 60 compatible Android devices, delivered through 21 OEMs and 59 network carriers in 49 countries. "The volume and variety of Android devices continues to exceed even our most optimistic expectations," the firm said.

"In some instances, Android devices are selling faster than they can be manufactured," Andy Rubin, Google's Engineering VP claims.