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28 October 2009, 11:18

Android SDK 2.0: More synchronisation, more Bluetooth

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Android 2 pulls multiple mail accounts into one view
Step by step, the Google developers are filling in the omissions in the free Android mobile operating system. Version 2.0 of the newly released development kit allows users to synchronise their emails and contacts across multiple accounts, including Exchange accounts. One unified email inbox will display the messages from all of the configured accounts.

The integrated browser now supports more HTML5 features such as local SQL databases, a geolocation API, and the <video> element in full screen mode.

The Bluetooth implementation now includes the previously missing Object Push (OOP) and Phone Book Access (PBAP) profiles. This allows the direct exchange of contacts and other information between Android devices and other Bluetooth devices.

The developers also made a number of changes and additions to the Android interfaces. A comprehensive list of all the changes made since the previous version is available online.

Developers who have already installed an Android SDK can use the SDK Manager to add version 2. New users can download the entire SDK. As well as the development kit, there is also a new version of the SDK Tools which can be installed via the SDK Manager or downloaded in the same way. Among other things, the SDK Tools now include Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) support. Eclipse users can upgrade the ADT Android plug-in to version 0.9.4 via the integrated update mechanism.


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