Reuters first confirmed that Android 2.0 (Eclair) will be released this year and my sources keep telling me the Motorola Sholes from Verizon will be the flagship phone to launch the new update. Motorola announced we would get a first look at their new Android phones in September and recently sent out media invitations for a September 10th event. With two more weeks left to go before we might see Android 2.0, tips are flying in at a rapid pace.
The following information should be considered a rumor and I’ll let you judge how accurate we have been in the past. I think our readers are pretty smart so I’ll present some public info and you can answer the following questions on your own. This is a 3 part series I will update over the following days.
Please remember that anything is possible with Android 2.0. Google, Motorola, and Verizon are working very hard to make this major update compete directly with the iPhone OS 3.0 and the Palm Pre WebOS. It appears they are pulling out some major new features to ensure Android 2.0 is a huge success.
3. Is Chrome sync coming to Android 2.0?
Last week Google announced that their Chrome browser would allow users to sync their bookmarks across multiple computers.
Since the Android browser is based off Chrome, what is stopping this feature from coming to Android? Google wants to promote Chrome and Android so linking the two platforms together makes sense. The current bookmark system of Android is very lacking and in need of an update. The only way to backup your bookmarks is with a 3rd party app and I find that annoying.
Bookmarks are the only thing to sync right now, but image what else could be done. Eventually we could see browser history, most visited pages, and passwords synced.
4. Is Market getting a major update with Android 2.0?
Users have been asking for an update to the Market for a long time and I have been told the wait is almost over.
What new features can we expect from the updated Market? For starters, Google said they would be adding more payment options for customers. One of those payment options allows app purchases to be billed to the carriers. Could Verizon be the first carrier to offer this billing option when they launch the Motorola Sholes?
Other possible new features include a coupon system, a major UI refresh, and application discovery. Coupons codes are currently supported by Google Checkout and one feature I’m really looking forward too. Coupons could allow developers to offer limited time discounts or hand out free review copies. The new UI could offer enhancements like support for screen shots. This is offered in the iPhone App Store and a highly requested feature from the community.
Check back on Monday for two more features we think are coming to Android 2.0. Missed Part 1?