Android 2.0 Eclair Now Supported By The Android SDK

Google have today announced that the Android SDK now has support for Android 2.0 Eclair.

Android 2.0 includes a number of improvements including enhanced contact synchronisation, combined inbox features, Microsoft Exchange, increased support for camera features, virtual keyboard improvements, new browser improvements, and more.

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Android 2.0 brings new developer APIs for sync, Bluetooth, and a few other areas. Using the new sync, account manager and contacts APIs, you can write applications to enable users to sync their devices to various contact sources. You can also give users a faster way to communicate with others by embedding Quick Contact within your application. With the new Bluetooth API, you can now easily add peer-to-peer connectivity or gaming to your applications.

Here’s a complete list of the new improvements and features we can expect from Android 2.0:

Contacts and accounts

  • Multiple accounts can be added to a device for email and contact synchronization, including Exchange accounts. (Handset manufacturers can choose whether to include Exchange support in their devices.)
  • Developers can create sync adapters that provide synchronization with additional data sources.
  • 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.

Email

  • Exchange support.
  • Combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page.

Messaging

  • Search functionality for all saved SMS and MMS messages.
  • Auto delete the oldest messages in a conversation when a defined limit is reached.

Camera

  • Built-in flash support
  • Digital zoom
  • Scene mode
  • White balance
  • Color effect
  • Macro focus

Android virtual keyboard

  • An improved keyboard layout to makes it easier to hit the correct characters and improve typing speed.
  • The framework’s multi-touch support ensures that key presses aren’t missed while typing rapidly with two fingers.
  • A smarter dictionary learns from word usage and automatically includes contact names as suggestions.

Browser

  • Refreshed 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:

Database API support, for client-side databases using SQL.
Application cache support, for offline applications.
Geolocation API support, to provide location information about the device.
tag support in fullscreen mode.

Calendar

  • Agenda view provides infinite scrolling.
  • Events indicate the attending status for each invitee.
  • Invite new guests to events.

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So what do you guys think of Android 2.0? Let us know in the comments!

[via android-developers.blogspot.com]

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  • Tamer

    will the Eclair support Arabic?

  • Ajay

    The support of multiple contact lists is something I have been waiting for!!! I cannot wait to get a handset running 2.0. I have my business account on Google Apps and my personal account on Gmail. It would be great to be able to have business and personal contacts (and calendars?) aggregated on one handset.

  • John

    CANT WAIT!!!!! I’m really looking forward to this update—along with the keyboard fix—-you don’t know how annoying it is when im texting really fast and theirs a period where theirs suppose to be a space!

  • Gabe

    Will existing android phones like the g1 receive the update or is it only available to newer android phones? If you could let me know ide really apreciate it thanks

  • jimBo

    Im anxious to know if there will be a 2.0 update for the my touch phone…

  • Alfonso

    What about the battery life? are they going to improve it?

  • spoon

    When is this going to available for my HTC Hero and will it be a manual or automatic update?