Android 2.2 (Froyo) vs. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

The difference between Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Android is the name of the platform for the operating systems of the Google Samrtphone. The technology was originally developed by Android Inc. from a version of Linux kernel. Google acquired this company in 2005. Two versions of the operating system for the Smartphone are Android 2.2 (Froya) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Android 2.2 was released in May, 2010 with a revision released in July, of the same year. Android 2.3 was released in December, 2010 and it has major improvements over Android 2.2.

Improvements and new features

Some of the improvements that were made in Android 2.2 are:

  • An improvement was made in the speed
  • Chrome V8 JavaScript engine was integrated
  • JT optimization
  • App widgets received a facelift

New features seen on the Android 2.2 are:

  • Wi-fi hotspot
  • New clean UI with tip widget
  • An app market widget

Summary of Features supported by Android 2.2 (Froyo)

  • Chrome V8 JavaScript engine was integrated with the Browser app
  • Advanced MicroSoft Exchange support
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • USB connectivity
  • Bluetooth function for voice dialing and contact sharing
  • File upload fields in the Browser app
  • Browser supports animated GIF’s
  • Adobe Flash 10.1
  • Extra high DPI screen support

In the revision improvements were primarily in Gmail and Exchange Active Sync, but an update for Twitter and a better weather widget was added. In Android 2.2.2, the email bug was fixed.

New Features on the Android 2.3

On the Android 2.3, the new features that were added are:

  • New user interface themes
  • Redesigned keyboard
  • Copy and paste function
  • Better power management
  • Improved app management
  • New manager for downloads
  • VoIP/SIP had support from NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • New app for assessing multiple cameras
  • Extra large screen support

Networking

Android 2.2 has support for both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It also has Wi-Fi hotspot function that can support up to six connected devices, so in a way it is a router for wireless broadband.

Android 2.3 has all of these features as well as the support of NFC, which is high speed data communication over high frequencies within a short range.

Communication

Android 2.3 has support for both SIP and video calling in addition to voice calling. Internet calling is possible with either a 3G or a Wi-Fi connection and an SIP account.

Power Management

For these mobile operating systems, power management is a very important task. Power management refers to the life of the battery – how long