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Android 2.0 Screenshots Leak

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Android 2.0 Screenshots Leak

Is this the make-over we've all been waiting for?

Android version 2.0 has been much speculated upon, until now nothing concrete had arisen - so an extensive walkthrough hadn't been something we were anticipating. BGR has managed to snag this impressive exclusive however and based on its findings it is an update that can't come soon enough.

Improvements are both cosmetic and feature driven with a more sophisticated new look complimented by native Exchange support (including a unified inbox for multiple email accounts), Facebook contacts integration (webOS-style) and the addition of 'Layers' to Google Maps (Wikipedia, Google Latitude, traffic/transit overlays).

Interestingly, it is also reported that the beginnings of multi-touch finger recognition are starting to appear with two-finger tapping in Maps to zoom out, though gestures still remain absent on Android (unless you have an HTC Hero). The Webkit browser receives attention too with a visual make-over, support for double tapping to zoom in and out and greatly optimised page rendering times.

Other major additions are 'Car Home' (a custom homescreen driving relevant functions like voice search, directions, viewing a map, contacts and search), built-in haptic feedback, text-to-speech and greater Accessibility customisation options. On the downside the music player and gallery seem largely unchanged and improvements have been widely called for.

Wisely BGR does warn this is a very early build so a great deal could still change (for better or worse depending on how ambitious Google gets). That said, it is a hugely promising upgrade and, given its support for multi-tasking, takes Android a sizeable step closer towards becoming the best smartphone OS around...

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stranded

October 19, 2009, 7:04 am

Wow!!!


At last, no more iphone crap.

rav

October 19, 2009, 12:24 pm

It looks really good although to be honest Sense does already do some of this. But progress is always welcome.

Cub

October 19, 2009, 1:20 pm

Couldn't resist, eh, stranded?





A screen shot comes out of a new (and admittedly, much improved and impressive looking) mobile OS, and the bashing of the iPhone begins. For all it's faults, I thought most people agreed that the user interface for the iPhone was at least better than crap...

xbrumster

October 19, 2009, 1:30 pm

if only android from Google + Design from Apple...

Thomas C

October 19, 2009, 2:01 pm

Will this require a whole new phone or will previous android handets be able to updated?

Ian Yates

October 19, 2009, 3:10 pm

Hmm...


Most of the items you listed could easily just be app updates for current Android (1.5/1.6) - like the Google Maps changes.


What exactly is Android 2.0 adding?





Unified inbox and better contact integration would be welcome. I'm also a little miffed that the contact list will only sync with Gmail, Flikr, and Facebook. Where are the IMs, where most people have a few unique contacts?





A native multi-protocol IM solution would be awesome, too. But eBuddy fills the void well.

Simon

October 19, 2009, 3:19 pm

@ravmania Any of the cool Sense stuff they can nick and stuff into the vanilla Android is good if you ask me.

farki80

October 19, 2009, 3:36 pm

Am I the only one who thinks Android UI is pretty unintuitive? I have played with Android devices and the UI, while 'flashier', is just as clunky as WinMob. Pretty unimpressed for a so-called 'modern' UI.

Chris

October 19, 2009, 3:44 pm

Sense already does most of this, so as long as they're adding full support for all the usual Bluetooth profiles, I'll be happy.

Iiee

October 19, 2009, 9:30 pm

@farki


you have obviously never tried to use winmob for long periods of time with your fingers. That's without even talking about trying to go through the settings menu which useless you are fairly tech minded is next to useless. WinMob is Clunky because its fundamentally out of date OS which microsoft are desperately dressing up until they can get version 7 out. Android is a little immature still but once u have been using it for a week you will never want to go back to WinMob. Is it as easy to use as the iphone? no but then nothing as customisable as android is ever going to be quite as easy to use but its much better than winmob

Williamn

October 20, 2009, 1:37 am

Android OS does take a bit of figuring out. The following points should help you out:





1) hold down to get options (EG edit, copy/paste)


or 2) press the menu button to see extra options (EG add number to contacts)





If you use google mail and google calendar, an android phone will be perfect.

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