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Anyone up for some dessert? Google is offering a little “cupcake” for Android developers with version 1.5 of the mobile operating system’s System Development Kit. Clearly, the SDK is for Android developers, but it offers a glimpse of features and functions you can expect to see […]

android-logoAnyone up for some dessert? Google is offering a little “cupcake” for Android developers with version 1.5 of the mobile operating system’s System Development Kit. Clearly, the SDK is for Android developers, but it offers a glimpse of features and functions you can expect to see as the Android platform matures. What sort of features and functions? Glad you asked! Here’s a partial list I pulled together when I caught the news from AndroidGuys:

  • System-wide Accelerometer-based application rotations
  • Faster Camera startup and image capture
  • Much faster acquisition of GPS location (powered by SUPL AGPS)
  • Smoother page scrolling in Browser
  • On-screen soft keyboard (works in both portrait and landscape orientation)
  • Bundled home screen widgets include: analog clock, calendar, music player, picture frame, and search
  • Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP and AVCRP profiles)
  • Browser updated with latest Webkit browser & Squirrelfish Javascript engines
  • Copy ‘n paste in browser
  • Search within a page in browser
  • Shows user picture for Favorites in Contacts
  • View Google Talk friends’ status in Contacts, SMS, MMS, GMail, and Email applications
  • Text prediction engine

That’s just the icing on the cupcake, so check the full run-down on the Android Developers site. With as much as I use and live in the Google world, an update like this could lure me over to T-Mobile. I saw plenty of promise in the G1 when I first looked at it, but it still felt rough around the edges to me. There’s definitely some smoother corners coming to Android soon, thanks to these new features.

  1. I am not sure if you seen this yet: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=498026.

    But this will give you an idea of how much promise this platform has. Carriers like HTC are already hacking away at Google’s Android and are doing some pretty amazing things!

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