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Early Look Android v1.5 'Cupcake' SDK Released

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Early Look Android v1.5 'Cupcake' SDK Released

Android excites us on so many theoretical levels, could it about to become a genuine real world treat too...?

Four months on from news of the hugely exciting Cupcake update it is finally being pushed to developers in advance of a mass consumer launch. For those who have forgotten why Cupcake - or Android v1.5 as it will officially be known - is a big deal take a seat, prepare a deep breath and read:

* System-wide:

  • Refinement of all core UI elements

  • Animated window transitions (off by default)

  • Accelerometer-based application rotations

    UI polish for:

  • In-call experience

  • Contacts, Call log, and Favorites

  • SMS & MMS

  • Browser

  • Gmail

  • Calendar

  • Email

  • Camera & Gallery

  • Application management

    Performance improvements

  • Faster Camera start-up and image capture

  • Much faster acquisition of GPS location (powered by SUPL AGPS)

  • Smoother page scrolling in Browser

  • Speedier GMail conversation list scrolling

    New features

  • On-screen soft keyboard

  • Works in both portrait and landscape orientation

  • Support for user installation of 3rd party keyboards

  • User dictionary for custom words

  • Home screen

  • Widgets

    + Bundled home screen widgets include: analog clock, calendar, music player, picture frame, and search

  • Live folders

  • Camera & Gallery

  • Video recording

  • Video playback (MPEG-4 & 3GP formats)

  • Bluetooth

  • Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP and AVCRP profiles)

  • Auto-pairing

  • Improved handsfree experience

  • Browser

  • Updated with latest Webkit browser & Squirrelfish Javascript engines

  • Copy 'n paste in browser

  • Search within a page

  • User-selectable text-encoding

  • UI changes include:

  • Unified Go and Search box

    + Tabbed bookmarks/history/most-visited screen

    Contacts

  • Shows user picture for Favorites

  • Specific date/time stamp for events in call log

  • One-touch access to a contact card from call log event

  • System

  • New Linux kernel (version 2.6.27)

  • SD card filesystem auto-checking and repair

  • SIM Application Toolkit 1.0

    Google applications:

  • View Google Talk friends' status in Contacts, SMS, MMS, GMail, and Email applications

  • Batch actions such as archive, delete, and label on Gmail messages

  • Upload videos to Youtube

  • Upload photos on Picasa
Yep, this is Google's answer to iPhone OS 3.0 and the Palm Pre which means it really needs to be on the money and with a list like this is looks like it will be...

Link:

Android 1.5 Developer Page

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