Different Flavors Of Android - The differences Between Android 2.1, 2.2 And 2.3 by Chinavasion


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									 Different Flavors Of Android - The differences
             Between Android 2.1, 2.2 And 2.3

What were the main differences between Android 2.1, 2.2 and the latest 2.3? And
what were the key benefits that users could enjoy? Read this article to find out.

Android release roadmap

Within the space of a year in 2010, Google released three Android updates which form the
backbone 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 latest
version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is enjoying tremendous growth (17.6%) as users
upgrade in significant numbers to benefit from the latest and greatest features.
As the needs of the users evolved so did Android, with key developments providing
gradual improvements across the entire range of features from simple interface
updates to browser performance to memory management.
So what were the main differences between Android 2.1, 2.2 and the latest 2.3? And
what were the key benefits that users could enjoy? Continue reading this blog to
find out!

Pick a flavour

Android 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 the
improvement to the virtual keyboard with multi-touch support. Other improvements
included 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 v2.1

Additionally, Live wallpapers were also introduced for the first time to provide even more
eye candy, while the front end was significanly upgraded: five home screens were provided
instead of three, home screen navigation was updated for easier access, a new Android app
launcher gave a smoother user experience, new default widgets were available for the home
screen and a 3D photo gallery developed with Cooliris showed all your photos in a slick
scrollable 3D view.

Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Whereas Eclair coud be argued as having basic, albeit important, features needed in a
smartphone, Froyo improved on it with even more functions, new user features, developer
features, API changes and bug fixes. Froyo brought a polished, more responsive
experience with some serious under-the-hood improvements for users to enjoy, largely
thanks to the optimized code compiler that provides a 2x-5x performance boost for
CPU-heavy code.

The other major differences offered by Froyo include the support for high DPI screens (320
dpi), such as 4” 720P, USB tethering, WiFi hotspot, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, integration of
Chrome 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 to
experience a richer, fuller multimedia environment. New platform technologies and APIs
for developers were provided to make use of the high resolution large screens, improved
processor speed and memory to create a great gaming experience.

Other new features offered by Android 2.3 included a refined UI interface, improved
keyboard, improved copy and paste, support for WebM video playback, internet calling and
NFC (Near Field Communication). These features come in addition to the popular Android
features like multi-tasking and Wi-Fi hotspots, Adobe Flash 10.1, and support for extra high
DPI screens.

Android 2.3 also has firmly integrated some application in to the platform like Google Mobile
apps and a redesigned YouTube. In a world of connectivity, internet calling is one
particularly attractive feature for users. Android 2.3 provides dedicated support for SIP
audio and video calling in addition to standard voice calling. Another important aspect in
the mobile operating system is the power management. Gingerbread handles it in a better
way, managing the applications and daemon application which are running at the
background and closing the unnecessary applications that consume more power.

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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)
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