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Google Officially Announces Android 2.0

Gordon Kelly


The bubble may have been somewhat burst last week with numerous leaked screenshots, but now Android 2.0 is here is all its official glory...

As previously reported, the previously codenamed 'Eclair' update brings a slick new black UI, native Exchange support (including a unified inbox for multiple email accounts), Facebook contacts integration and 'Layers' to Google Maps (Wikipedia, Google Latitude, traffic/transit overlays). It also lays down the foundations for multi-touch gesture support with the addition of two finger tapping recognition to zoom in and out of Google Maps and an updated browser.

On top of this a 'Car Home' screen brings large, relevant finger friendly buttons for users when driving, integrated haptic feedback and text-to-speech. The camera app gets far more advanced too with users now able to set white balance, digital zoom and flash support. SMS and MMS messages can now be searched as well while the virtual keyboard has had its "usability and accuracy" improved with predictive text now core and much, much more.

Grumbles? Early reports suggest the multimedia player remains depressingly familiar.

Meanwhile developers benefits from new APIs for sync and Bluetooth meaning information (including contacts) will be able to sync across different platforms and applications. Peer-to-peer connectivity is also provided for the likes of multiplayer gaming while Snow Leopard gets SDK support.

Yep, this is the update which sees Android square up to the big boys and could arguably make it the mobile OS to beat...


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October 28, 2009, 4:13 am

I think the Motorola Droid is going to be the first phone released with this?

US release is 6th Nov, hoping for a non-Pre style launch!!


October 28, 2009, 4:27 am

There's no 'slick new black UI' in Android 2.0 as far as I know. The interface did get some spit and polish, but nothing new and pretty much what we are used to from stock Android.

That said, this is still a very nice update. I hope they can keep up this pace of adding features and making improvements. If they do, Android will be the mobile OS to beat not too long from now. They still have much to do though.

Anyone know when the Motorola Droid/Tao will come to Europe? In a GSM friendly package of course.


October 28, 2009, 5:41 am

Great to see things headed in the right direction. Some nice new features. Wish they'd pretty up some of the icons though. Not too keen on the stock Android look after getting used to Sense.


October 28, 2009, 4:04 pm

@Helmore: http://www.trustedreviews.c...


October 28, 2009, 4:42 pm

@Gordon: So is the Hero the best Android has to offer at the moment? I prefer the look of the Magic TBH and not fussed about Sense (Actually was going to recommend it to my brother, not for myself).


October 28, 2009, 5:06 pm

Definitely not a new black UI. It's just a set of tweaks to the existing one, rather like we had in Cupcake.

Not that I'm complaining, it looks slightly more refined. Now if only I had a phone that they're actually going to push this to. At the moment I'd count myself lucky to get Donut, as T-Mobile UK are saying there are no plans to push it to our G1s at the moment. Hopefully they're just waiting to see if the US rollout causes a mess...


October 28, 2009, 5:36 pm

@drdark - it is, but hold fire for about one week. *hint {under NDA} hint*


October 28, 2009, 6:58 pm

Interesting Gordon? possibly a hands on with a motorola droid?! In any case, I would also advise DrDark to wait till and Android 2.0 phone comes out, it cant be that long!


October 28, 2009, 7:56 pm

@Gordon, Stelph: I can wait, not going to move any time soon. My brother can never make his mind up though, so probably the fewer choices, the better :P.


October 28, 2009, 7:59 pm

Now Gordon, I just shelled out a load of my own cash on a new Hero. When you make comments like that I get nervous. :)

Oh well, such is the wonderful world of technology I suppose...


October 28, 2009, 8:13 pm

There's some speculation that SE are going to make the X3 official on November 3rd. Actually that wouldn't bother me too much, it's too large for my uses anyway...


October 28, 2009, 9:09 pm

@Chris Such is life with cutting edge technology! :-p I would have thought that the Hero would get a 2.0 upgrade anyway


October 28, 2009, 9:41 pm

apparently (and i dont know where this source of information came from - either forums or t-mobile employee) but I have heard that HTC may hold out on giving us the new update that the g1 got and hold out for 2.0 because it is supposed to drop near the end of the year, hopefully wont take too long for HTC to customise it and modaco to provide me with a custom rom ;)

Dont think t-mobile have released the latest hero android update? If they havent already would not want to hold my breath for when they will release 2.0 especially as the last update i had turned the touch screen from crappy and unresponsive to sonic OD'ing on Relentless, i.e. very fast ;)

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