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Android 2.2: screenshots

Take a tour of the new features in Google's updated mobile OS, and also Adobe's new Flash Player 10.1 for Android.
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By Simon Bisson, Contributor on
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One of Android 2.2's more interesting features is the ability to turn your phone into a 3G-connected Wi-Fi hotspot for as many other devices as you like.

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The GUIMark benchmark tests Flash performance. Here we're running a desktop 2D game simulation, on a phone.

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Android 2.2's Flash Player support means you can now view complex Flash sites on your phone, like this interactive periodic table.

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You'll need Android 2.2, code-named Froyo, to use Flash Player 10.1. It'll ship with new devices, but OTA updates will mean downloading Flash from the Android Market.

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The mobile version of Flash Player 10.1 lets you take casual games full-screen, hiding the framing browser.

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If a developer has enabled the option, Android 2.2 lets you move applications from device memory to a SD card, freeing up valuable local storage space.

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Android 2.2 finally adds Exchange calendar support, so you can mix personal and business calendars on a single device.

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You can use the Android browser settings to control how, and if, plugins like Flash are loaded. The default is always on, and you can use the on-demand option to get more control.

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If you're using Android to connect to an Exchange server, version 2.2 allows you to use self-issued certificates without having to deliver and install a certificate to every phone that's going to connect.

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Flash's streaming video works well on Android, even over 3G, with full-screen views taking advantage of the available screen real estate.

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With Flash on an Android 2.2 device you'll get access to everything on the ZDNet UK site — even the videos.

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