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10 February 2009, 12:02

Android 1.1 released

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The Android developers have released Android 1.1, a bug fix and minor enhancement release of the open source smart phone operating system. For users of Android, which is currently owners of the T-Mobile G1 in the UK and US, the changes include the addition of details and reviews when searching maps, a show/hide dial pad button to make it easier to see the number pad when making a call and support for saving attachments from MMS messages.

The listed bug fixes include the AlarmClock playing its alert directly, rather than through the AlarmManager. Previously it was possible for a modal dialogue to block an alarm from sounding. Fixes were also applied to the email system; a bug which caused "1 in 25 outbound messages to freeze up the IMAP connection" has been resolved, as have password quoting for IMAP passwords, problems with automatic account set-up and new mail notifications for POP3 accounts.

For developers, there are some minor changes in the API, with new annotations for added test systems, a new method to allow processes to obtain their UID and a new permission that can allow an application to broadcast WAP Push, or SMS messages. Applications developed for Android 1.0 should continue to run with no new problems.

The updated SDK is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Full details of the changes are available in the version notes. The update for G1 smart phones is being deployed to handsets over February.


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