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Difference between Android 3.0 and 2.2

Android 3.0 vs Android 2.2

Android is one of the most popular mobile operating systems of present times and the Android Honeycomb 3.0 and the Froyo 2.2 are two of Google’s older operating systems. During their inception, both these versions of Android created quite a havoc and were praised by users all over the world. Let’s check out the main differences between these two versions of Google Android OS.

The Android 2.2 is one of the generic operating systems from Google introduced basically for its earlier smartphones. The Android 2.2 Froyo has integrated the V8 JavaScript engine into its web browsing app. It supports Advanced Microsoft functionality and included Wi-Fi hotspot function. Using Bluetooth, hands free voice calls and data sharing was enabled. The browser on Android 2.2 supports animated GIF files and also supports Adobe Flash 10.1. The best part of the Android 2.2 Froyo compared to its predecessor is that it is compatible with higher resolution screens with higher pixel density.

The Honeycomb 3.0 is an absolutely new operating system which was introduced by Google keeping in mind the tablet users. Android tablets were gradually gaining great popularity at that time. The Android 2.2 Froyo did not have the features like the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but was good enough as one of the introductory versions of Android OS. The main difference between Froyo and the Honeycomb is that Froyo supports both tablets and phones, where the Honeycomb has been designed only for tablets. Although Froyo was seen on many tablets, it was good enough to support tablets with larger screens.

The Android 3.0 was optimized to be compatible with a good number of apps such as UI, Gmail, web browser with multiple tabs and redesigned widgets. Honeycomb made sure that the tablets did not need any physical button and introduced soft keys at the bottom of the screen. Even if the screen was rotated, the soft keys were at the bottom. This feature was not found in the Android 2.2 Froyo.

Multitasking is another feature of the Honeycomb allowing side by side panels for multitasking. The eBook widget from Google eBooks is included in the Honeycomb and comprises of more than 3 millions of e-books. If you have a list of bookmarks, they can be browsed using the widget placed on the home screen. To wrap it up, the Honeycomb introduced a new horizon to tablet Android and built up the steps for Ice Cream Sandwich.

Key Differences between Android 3.0 and 2.2:

Froyo 2.2 was introduced as one of the generic mobile operating systems from Android, whereas the Honeycomb 3.0 was developed mainly for the tablet consumers.
The applications on Android 3.0 are designed for optimizing larger resolution screens, but the Froyo 2.2 is not.
Honeycomb features tablet optimized eBooks and 3D transition, which is not available on the Froyo 2.2.
Honeycomb allows private browsing and auto-form fills along with multitab web browser, which are not featured in the Froyo 2.2.
Froyo 2.2 does not have a scrollable homescreen like Honeycomb 3.0.
Honeycomb does not require a physical button, but the Froyo 2.2 does.

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