Android 2.0 Eclair: SDK Officially Supported

Google announced the Android SDK now supports Android 2.0. a.k.a Eclaire. Here are the main updates to Android 2.0:

  • Multiple Google and Exchange email accounts
  • Quick Contact: Allows quick communications using multiple services.
  • Third-party sync services
  • Quick contact menus
  • Unified email inbox: Browse email from multiple accounts in one page.
  • Expanded search to include SMS and MMS
  • Improved camera controls: built-in flash support, digital zoom, scene mode, white balance, macro, color effects, etc.
  • Browser: Double-tap to zoom, , bookmarks with webpage thumbnails, HTML 5 support
  • Calendar: Agenda view (infinite scrolling), events (each invitee attending status), invite (new guests to events)
  • Bluetooth 2.1: Peer-to-peer connectivity, proximity-based social interactions, gaming, OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile)
  • Graphics: Better acceleration and rendering for different resolutions.

I like the very last bullet where different resolutions can be rendered equally well on Android smartphones. This feature does not require multiple versions of an application and utilizes the Android UI Toolkit. A single binary can support multiple display sizes and resolutions. Maybe this will foster competition and bring about higher resolution phones for other platforms as well.

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