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Phone News: Google Takes The Wraps Off Android 1.5
      #33089 - 04/14/09 04:56 PM

For those of you who are capable of ungluing yourselves from the iPhone 3 preview for a moment, Google has provided their own preview of the forthcoming Android 1.5, a major update to their mobile phone OS, which is used on products such as the T-Mobile G1.

Here are some of the highlights:

User interface refinements
  • 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, Favorites, SMS and MMS
  • UI enhancements for the web browser, Gmail, Calendar, E-mail, camera, and 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 with widgets
  • Video recording
  • Video playback (MPEG-4 & 3GP formats)
  • Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP and AVCRP profiles)
  • Copy and paste in browser
  • Search within a page
  • New Linux kernel (version 2.6.27)
  • SD card filesystem auto-checking and repair
  • 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

New APIs and developer tools

No release date has been announced for Android 1.5.

To see the complete list of new features, please visit the official site... or just head back over to the iPhone preview with me.


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