Google rolled out the Google Android 1.5 "Early Look" SDK for developers. The Android 1.5 platform includes a number of new and improved tools, including faster Gmail conversation list scrolling and user interface refinements to the browser and other elements. Rumor has it that mininotebooks, or "netbooks," will soon start running Android in addition to smartphones.
is allowing developers an early look at the SDK for Version 1.5 of the Google
Android platform. Based on the "cupcake" branch of the Android Open
Source project, this new version includes APIs for a number of new features,
including home screen widgets and speech recognition.
Developers can download the Android 1.5 "Early Look" SDK here.
The Early Look SDK features a different component structure than earlier
Android SDK releases, meaning that the new SDK does not work with older Eclipse
plug-ins (ADT 0.8), which in turn do not work with the new Eclipse plug-in (ADT
The tools and documentation for the new SDK are also not complete. And the
APIs provided could change before the final Android 1.5 SDK release. "You
should not compile any applications for distribution using this version of the
SDK," the developers' download site warns. "If you do so, your
applications may not function properly when deployed to Android-powered devices
running the final Android 1.5 platform."
The Android 1.5 platform includes a number of new and improved APIs and
developer tools, including new UI (user interface) framework, home screen
framework, media framework, input method framework and speech recognition
Systemwide, there will be a refinement of core UI elements,
accelerometer-based application rotations, and a UI polish for in-call
experience, SMS & MMS, browser, Gmail,
calendar, e-mail, application management and other elements.
A complete list of changes can be found here.
While it has been a growing component within the smartphone world since its
premiere in August 2008 on the T-Mobile G1 smartphone from HTC,
the Google Android OS is thought to be on the verge of expanding in a more
computer-centric direction. T-Mobile could release a
home phone that runs Android as early as 2010, followed by an Android-based
Samsung also reportedly plans to release three new phones running the Google
Android operating system in 2009: two in the United
States, likely from Sprint and T-Mobile, and
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.