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Google Froyo: Browser Improvements, Flash 10.1

May 20 2010, 11:13am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Google Froyo: Browser Improvements, Flash 10.1
 
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Google places a great deal of importance on their browser, and for good reason! Today at I/O, they announced some very big improvements to their Android browser. Considering the fact that “browser” is one of their five pillars it isn't hard to see why.

Javascript performance has improved by 2X-3X, which is staggering. V8 has been brought into Android, and the SunSpider test certainly made Android look quite speedy. Google believes that these new improvements make their browser the fastest mobile browser on earth. The big driving goal behind these browser updates has been to push more and more functionalities INTO the browser.

With Froyo, you will be able to access the magnetometer, accelerometer, speech to text, and even the App Market within the browser. Flash 10.1 and AIR support were also confirmed. Google made a big point of the fact that much of the Internet runs on flash. A truly open device needs to be able to access the whole Internet. Flash will launch with Android 2.2 and require a Cortex A8 processor.

This means the Incredible, Droid, Nexus One, and Evo. Everyone else...bummer.

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