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- Ease of use A lot of UI inconsistencies got ironed out in 2.2 but Google still has a lot of work to do. Bringing in the user experience lead from Palm should help.
- Speed The speed increase between 2.2 and all previous versions really makes Android shine. The faster browser now seems much more useable.
- Configurability Android has a lot of configuration options not offered by other devices, with one of the most used options being the ability to change the homescreen app.
- Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.) The Android Market is growing at a super fast pace right now. With the addition of big name apps like Kindle and Nook,
- Openness Android is open source and the sheer amount of different things that manufacturers have done with it speaks to its openness.
Android 2.2 may have been an incremental update from 2.1, but it offers a plethora of new features that users will love. The overall speed increase in both the OS and the browser should make all users really happy. The tethering and portable hotspot feature has changed how I view my internet usage possibilities around town. Now that I can bring my laptop anywhere and be on the web, I do so more often. Even the small changes like adding buttons for the browser and phone have changed how I use the device. Quick access to those applications frees up space on the homepage and saves a lot of time. Overall this is a fantastic update and gives me a lot of hope for the future of Android.
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