Google Ships New SDK for Mobile OS

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-02-13 Print this article Print

A new Android tool kit features new UI, layout animations and additional codec support.

Google on Feb. 13 released a new software development kit for its open-source Android mobile operating system.

This marks the first update of the SDK since the original version was launched in November 2007.

"On behalf of the entire Android team, I'm happy to let you know that an updated version of the Android SDK-we're calling it m5-rc14-is now available," Jason Chen, an Android developer advocate, wrote in his blog.

"Today, we're continuing the early look at the Android SDK that we started back in November by providing updates to the Android APIs and the developer tools based, in part, on the great feedback and suggestions developers have been giving us," Chen wrote. "We're excited about the progress that we've made and look forward to making additional updates in the future as the platform evolves towards production-readiness."

Click here to read about the first Google Android SDK.

Key improvements in the SDK, according to Chen, are a new user interface ("still a work in progress"); layout animations using the capabilities in the android.view.animation package; geo-coding, which enables developers to translate an address into a coordinate and vice versa; new media codecs, with added support for the Ogg Vorbis, MIDI, XMF, iMelody, RTTTL/RTX and OTA audio file formats; and an updated Eclipse plug-in for that open-source tool kit.

One of the major advantages for developers coding for Android is that the SDK allows them to quickly write applications for mobile phones without having to pay licensing fees and deal with other restrictions.

Proprietary operating systems from companies such as Microsoft or Symbian are more difficult for developers to handle in administrative and business terms.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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