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Google open-sources Froyo to the delight of Android hackers and root users

June 23, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka



Though the Motorola Droid X took centerstage at Verizon’s press event today, Google took the time to announce that it has open-sourced Froyo, the newest version of Android. Google partners/phone makers now have access to the code in Android 2.2, which is obviously critical in getting the ball rolling on manufacturers updating their phones to the latest version of Android. It also means that hackers will probably beat them to the punch.

When Google open-sources the code of an Android branch, independent developers also gain access to it, allowing them to develop custom software for users who have root access on their phone. This leads to hacked versions of Android that can greatly improve the experience for people willing to toy around with their phone. It also typically arrives long before official versions. Were it not for CyanogenMod, I would have chucked my G1 long ago.

It’s now up to developers to start incorporating Froyo into their ROM’s (note: previously leaked versions and piecework bits have already popped up in some ROM’s). As an EVO owner ready to get to 2.2 once I root my phone, I’m excited to see this happen.

I’m excited to see this, too:

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