Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Android 1.6 Coming Soon, Early As Early October!

Android 1.6 SDK (Download it from Android Developer site)
Android 1.6 SDK (aka donut) has been released so that the developers get a chance to check out everything before the Android 1.6 is released to the consumer or devices.
On the consumer side, the new Android OS will run on different screen sizes and will support CDMA and of course GSM to make more options for the phones and the users.
Another feature that comes with the update is the QuickSearch that spans it's aearch through phones contact list to world wide web. The system constantly learns which search results are more relevant based on what is clicked. So popular contacts or apps that have previously been picked will bubble up to the top when a user types the first few letters of a relevant query.
But one thing that lit me up was the VPN capabilities;
a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) control panel in Settings allows users to configure and connect to the following types of VPNs:
  • L2TP/IPSEC pre-shared key based VPN
  • L2TP/IPsec certificate based VPN
  • L2TP only VPN
  • PPTP only VPN
The Battery usage indicator seems to be a very valuable tool in the department of prolonging your battery life. The tool will tell you which app ot part of the device that makes most juice and thus providing a path for you to control them.
Also the new market place on devices with market place are promised with new capabilities making the use of Android market place a pleasure to both the users and the developers who fills it up.
 Pico the new text to speech engine has gone multi lingual and synthesize a string of text to appropriate language and speak it aloud with, hear this, appropriate accent! Pico currently speaks English (American and British accents), French, Italian, German and Spanish.
It also comes with support for a new version of OpenCore and the 2.6.29 Linux kernal, which is same as the kernal I run on some of my servers! Yey!
But the best thing about all this is that "You can expect to see devices running Android 1.6 as early as October." yey! again, expect Motorola CLIQ, Sprint's HTC Hero,  and InstinctQ to join Verizon's Motorola Sholes to be dressed up in new Android OS. 

Android Developers Blog: Android 1.6 SDK is here


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