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Google Nexus One Gets Android OS 2.2

Android OS 2.2 has been officially released to the general public and the first handset to receive it is, unsurprisingly, the Google Nexus One which, unlike the likes of Sony Ericsson or HTC, do not require any custom configurations.

This explains why GNO is the first on the market with the latest iteration of Android. Over the air upgrades should start to trickle to other smartphones over the next few weeks.

The main improvements of Android 2.2 on 2.1 include the improved performance gains (up to 450 per cent according to some benchmarks), native support for Flash 10.1, built-in support for Wi-Fi Hotspot, improved support for Exchange, better Javascript performance, closer integration between desktop & handset and the ability to install application on microSD cards.

Android OS 2.2, which was unveiled last month at Google's I/O developer conference, is likely to replace Android OS 1.6 as the default operating system on forthcoming Android-based phones.

The next version of Android, known as Gingerbread, is already in the pipeline according to a number of sources and should be with us by the end of the year. Surprisingly, Android has not yet updated their website to illustrate the introduction of Android OS v2.2.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.