When will Google unleash the next version of its Android software?
No one knows for sure but, in the meantime, there’s at least one Google Nexus One on YouTube that’s running Android version 2.2, nicknamed Froyo, and from the looks of the video, Froyo’s future looks tasty.
Using a benchmark test called Linback to measure performance,the gang at AndroidPolice.com reports that Froyo is over 450% faster than Android 2.1. Their test results show that, while the HTC Hero running Android 1.6 scored about 2 MFLOPs and the Nexus One with 2.1 earned between 6.5 and 7.0 MFLOPs, version 2.2 landed 37.5.
What’s more, Google and Adobe have both released statements about the inclusion of Flash 10.1 support in the Froyo update.
In the YouTube video, a self-described “Adobe evangelist”, walks us through seven Flash-intensive websites. The result is that loading Flash video or interacting with Flash-based multimedia experiences in the mobile web browser appear to be nearly seamless.
Some user interface highlights:
The video is a very cool walk-through, but it begs for more testing results, like maybe analysis on what effect the continued use of Flash content will take on battery life, one of Apple’s many complaints against Adobe’s video and multimedia solution.
Either way, hardcore Android’s anticipation for Froyo is likely stoked. Here’s to hoping some definitive news on the next generation of Android will come from Google’s developer conference later this month. Check out the walk-through below.