Google “Open Sources” Froyo

    June 23, 2010
    Chris Crum

The Droid X (running Android 2.1) from Verizon and Motorola was announced today, and along with that, Google announced that it is open sourcing Android 2.2 (or Froyo) to its partners who manufacture Android devices.

"Customers will enjoy great new features and improved browser performance," says Goole VP of Engineering Andy Rubin. "And developers will benefit from new tools such as Android cloud-to-device messaging (which makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data)."

Sidenote: At Google I/O just after Google unveiled Froyo, WebProNews spoke with Android enthusiast Michael Martin of MobileMartin about Android’s continuing growth:

Rubin also shared some interesting Android stats. He says, every day 160,000 Android-powered devices are activated (about 2 per second), there are 60 compatible Android devices from 21 OEMs and 59 carriers in 49 countries.

"The volume and variety of Android devices continues to exceed even our most optimistic expectations. In some instances, Android devices are selling faster than they can be manufactured," says Rubin. That’s why today Google is " celebrating Android."