The Android world may have been overshadowed by the release of the Palm Pre and specs of the new iPhone this week, but developments for the Google phone OS continued unabated. A new way to build simple apps for Android was released, and word came that not only may commercial e-books soon be joining the Android Market, but T-Mobile might be launching its next Android phone this month.
Google this week released the Android Scripting Environment (ASE), which is a platform for creating simple apps. A full scripting environment like ASE will make it much easier for OEMs to customize Android phones without a big development effort, which should result in some interesting releases. A post on O’Reilly shows a sample script to scan barcodes in Android that only takes six lines of code.
TmoNews has a “very trusted source” that the next T-Mobile Android phone, the myTouch, will be appearing in June. The myTouch is unconfirmed but is expected to be the HTC Magic, which has already appeared on the HTC web site. The HTC Magic is essentially the T-Mobile G1 without the physical keyboard, along with some other, minor differences.
And a Palm Pre version of the cloud-based mobile note-taking app Evernote was announced, which has some Android enthusiasts a little miffed. Android is now the only major platform for which Evernote hasn’t announced a version at least in development. It’s a bit strange that Evernote chose to work with the WebOS Pre and not Android, which has been out far longer.