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16 September 2009, 11:30

Google Android 1.6 SDK released

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Google Android Donut The Google Android Developers have announced the release of the Android 1.6 (code name Donut) software development kit (SDK). While not a major release of Android, the update to the mobile open source operating system includes several new features and technologies.

Android 1.6 now features framework-level support for different screen sizes, such as QVGA and WVGA, CDMA-based networks, like Sprint in the US and VPN (Virtual Private Network) via L2TP and IPSec. A new battery usage screen shows users exactly which programs and services are consuming battery power and the camera application now launches much faster.

As previously reported, the Android Market includes a number of improvements, such as a revamped UI and the ability for developers to include screen shots. New software categories are also being added for sports, health, themes and comics. Other new additions included in Donut are universal search with suggested results via the Quick Search Box, a new text-to-speech API and gesture APIs.

More details about Android 1.6 can be found in the release notes, on the projects Platform Highlights page and in a short introductory YouTube video. The Android 1.6 SDK is available to download for interested developers. According to Google, Android 1.6 devices should be available "as early as October".

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