Google Giving out Eclairs Today – Android 2.0 SDK Drops

android_20_eclairThe official Android Developers blog has announced that the Android 2.0 SDK is now available to developers.  The move comes not one moment too soon as the Droid handset is announced tomorrow and presumably hits the street next week.  What good is a cutting edge phone if the apps don’t play nice?  Among the new features included with Android 2.0  APIs for sync, and Bluetooth.  As an Android user, this means that development can begin on apps allow for peer-to-peer connectivity and gaming!  Watch the video below to get a feel for some of the changes.

Other improvements and features include:

  • Multiple accounts can be added to a device for email and contact synchronization, including Exchange accounts.
  • Quick Contact for Android provides instant access to a contact’s information and communication modes. For example, a user can tap a contact photo and select to call, SMS, or email the person. Other applications such as Email, Messaging, and Calendar can also reveal the Quick Contact widget when you touch a contact photo or status icon.
  • Exchange support.
  • Combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page.
  • Search functionality for all saved SMS and MMS messages.
  • Auto delete the oldest messages in a conversation when a defined limit is reached.
  • Camera enhancements : Built-in flash support, Digital zoom, Scene mode, White balance, Color effect, and Macro focus
  • An improved keyboard layout to makes it easier to hit the correct characters and improve typing speed.
  • A smarter dictionary learns from word usage and automatically includes contact names as suggestions.
  • Refreshed browser UI with actionable browser URL bar enables users to directly tap the address bar for instant searches and navigation.
  • Bookmarks with web page thumbnails.
  • Support for double-tap zoom.
  • Support for HTML5
  • Agenda view provides infinite scrolling.
  • Events indicate the attending status for each invitee.
  • Invite new guests to events.
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