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Difference between Android 2.2 And Android 2.3.3

Android 2.2 vs Android 2.3.3

In this information age that we live in, cell phones have become a gadget that must be carried around. One of the most common platforms for the mobile platforms to run on is Google’s Android. This is a platform that has become a host to numerous world-leading phones such as Huawei, HTC, and Nokia, just to mention a few. Two operating systems have come to distinguish themselves as very popular. One is Android 2.2, commonly referred to as Froyo, and the other is Android 2.3.3, in tech circles referred to as Gingerbread. As you would guess, Froyo is the earlier version of the operation system and Gingerbread is the latest operating system. So what is the main difference between these two?

A trip down memory lane will remind you that Google Inc. acquired the Android platform back in 2005. At the time, Android 2.2 was in use. The platform that was 2.2 was not entirely unique in its build, having largely borrowed from the Linux operating system kernel build 2.6.32. Android 2.3 was released as a different operating system than the 2.2 in December of 2010. The build of the system was based on Linux Kernel 2.2.35.

It is important to note that the Android 2.2 has had two revisions and bug fixes. In the revisions, Gmail application and Exchange Active Sync were checked, and the weather and twitter widgets were redesigned.


Gingerbread is a complete redesign of Froyo 2.2 in terms of the keyboard, the speed and response of the Operating system that came with the integration of Chrome V8 JavaScript engine, the addition of WI-FI hot spot features, new themes, a redesigned download manager, VoIP Call support, multiple camera support, a redesign of the apps widgets, and support for larger screens used in phones.

Both Android 2.2 and 2.3.3 support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hotspots that can allow connection to several devices. Devices running on Gingerbread also support the Near Field Communication (NFC), which is a high speed data communication link operating within a short frequency range of about 10 cm.

More communication features are allowed in the 2.3.3, including video calling and SIP calling, which allows the user to make calls online, provided that a good internet signal is available. The 2.2 can easily be used as a broadband router, as it can comfortably support up to 6 devices, a feat that the 2.3.3 cannot match, although it offers Wi-Fi hotspot capability.  When looking at power management , both the 2.2 and 2.3.3 seem about the same, though there is a slight improvement in how 2.3.3 manages power. Unnecessary applications running in the background are closed to conserve energy, which does not happen with the 2.2.


Both the 2.2 and the 2.3.3 Android versions are not unique builds, but rather share a Linux kernel build. The Android 2.2 uses Linux kernel 2.632, while Android 2.3.3 uses Linux kernel 2.6. 35

Android 2.2 supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and can be used as a hotspot router, supporting up to 6 devices.

Android 2.3.3 has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as Near Field Communication support for high speed data communication for wireless devices close by, up to 10 cm away.

The Android 2.2 build supports normal calling features. Android 2.3.3 allows for calling through video or SIP, which can be supported with a good 3G signal or SIP account.

The Android 2.2 does not support multiple cameras, which is possible with Android 2.3.3

Power management in Android 2.3.3 is slightly better when compared to Android 2.2. This is mainly because of background processes that are terminated and dark themes that use less power.

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