While Android phones are already wreaking havoc overseas, only a few have made it here in the Philippines so far. Even the mecca of
pirated cheap mobiles, Greenhills, offer a limited number of legitimate Android mobile phones. We're hoping that this will change soon, though, because we just found out that the upcoming Android 2.2 aka Froyo, will support USB tethering to let you share your mobile data connection with your PC. And the sweetest thing is it will allow you to turn your phone into a portable Wi-Fi device!
For those who haven't noticed, Android versions are named after desserts. For example, previous versions were called Cupcake, Donut, and Eclair. Android 2.2 isn't any different, having named after frozen yogurt, hence the name "Froyo." And it is certainly one "sweet" treat, as it will offer full Flash support and a huge speed improvement from Eclair.
Of course, these nifty connectivity features might still be subject to our service providers' approval if ever Froyo makes an appearance here, something that might add a few dimensions to their data plans.
Now what does this mean for the Apple iPhone? For one, this means that the next iteration of the iPhone better step up and have big improvements in its OS, something that Google is clearly focused on. We do hope Steve Jobs is also monitoring the Android OS' progress. We don't want the next iPhone to
suck be mediocre.
P.S. Leaked images of a still-wrapped Froyo sculpture at the Google headquarters have been spotted. TechCrunch tried to get a few "naked" photos of it but was stopped by so-called "Googlers." A video showing what we think is the Froyo sculpture was also uploaded to YouTube earlier. However, someone did an "Apple" and made the video private. Fortunately, the guys at Gizmodo has a working video on their site. Check out a screen cap showing the sculpture below.
This makes us want to eat some frozen yogurt now. It's hot!
Let's unwrap it!
Screen cap Gizmodo