Friday, February 15, 2008
New Android by google
on Wednesday released an updated version of the software development kit for Android, a Linux-based open development software platform for mobile phones.
The latest version of the SDK, which Google is calling m5-rc14, updates the platform's application programming interfaces and developer tools. Among the improvements are a new user interface and the ability to create layout animations for applications.
In addition, the SDK upgrade offers geo-coding, which enables developers to translate an address into a coordinate and vice-versa and to also search for businesses, Google said. The upgrade also has support for more audio file formats and has an updated Eclipse plug-in.
The new SDK has a new user interface, a geocoder that lets developers search for businesses as well as translate an address into a coordinate and vice versa, support for new media codecs, and code that lets developers create layout animations.
One thing missing is change to the telephony package, laments one developer on the Android Developer discussion on Google Groups.
"This is very disappointing, especially because we were told in the Android coding day in Israel that the telephony package will be updated soon," the developer wrote. "We still cannot detect the ingoing/outgoing call number or send DTMF tones properly." Prototypes of Android phones were shown at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. Google launched Android in November along with and the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 34 handset manufacturers, carriers and chipmakers that have said they plan to support Android products and services. Products are due out later this year.