Google Urges Update Via SDK Manager

Google has today launched Froyo; a software development kit (SDK) for its Android 2.2 operating system which it says will support application installation on external storage devices.

Android SDK tech lead, Xavier Ducrohet, has spoken out today urging developers to update to the new version using the latest SDK manager.

Google engineer Suchi Amalapurapu has stated that support for application installation on external storage devices like the SD card will give users more room for apps on their mobile devices.

He stated, "The 'Manage Applications' screen in the Settings app now has an 'On SD Card' tab. The sizes listed in Manage Applications only include the space taken by the application on internal storage."

Amalapurapu continued, "The Application Info screen now has either a 'move to SD card' or 'move to phone' button, but this is often disabled. Copy-protected apps and updates to system apps can't be moved to the SD card, nor can those which are don't specify that they work on the SD card."

Google has announced that Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo, includes many improvements, including support for making the handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser.

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