Android Devs Answer Questions, Talk Donut and Rooting

donutAs I go through some of the post- Google I/O tweets and emails from some of our readers, I get the feeling that those involved on the Android have long forgotten about Cupcake.  To quote the Black Eye Peas, they’re ‘on that new new’.  In this case, it’s Donut.  So while some of you are still waiting on Cupcake to arrive, others are ready to find out what’s in store.

Here’s what we’ve gathered so far:

There will be support for QVGA, HVGA and WVGA resolutions.  This opens the door for netbook, MID’s and tablets running Android.  No longer confined to 320×480 screens, full web pages and apps can be displayed at up to 854 x 480 resolution.

As pointed out in the videos from Day 1’s keynote, Donut also offers a new feature called Android Search.  This gives users the ability to search through their entire phone and apps for whatever they want.

Type in “Bob” and you could get all the contacts in your phone book, any upcoming calendar appointments involving Bob, and your Bob Marley tracks to play in the music player.  This doesn’t even take into consideration the web results you get as well.  The search learns your habits and starts to populate more relevant search results based on your routines.

Building on the speech recognition from Android 1.5, Donut will also include text to speech which can be used within apps.  At launch, there will be a handful of language packs available.

One feature which is still in demo stages is handwriting recognition dropped right over top of the same apps you have in Android today.  Open your contacts and draw the letter “M” and it filters results to those which include it.  Type “i” next and then it grabs name like Michael, Mike, and so on.

In one of the open discussions with the Android team, the question came up about rooting and future builds of Android. Android and Me‘s Taylor Wimbley was there to catch it on camera.

Android Dev Team on Root at Google I/O 2009 from Dylan Andersen on Vimeo.

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