Google announces Android OS 2.0

27 Oct

With the release of a new SDK, Google has announced anupdate to its Android OS — Android OS 2.0 aka Eclair. This update will bring some new features to the open mobile OS, most notable of which will be native exchange support, a new contacts menu and a refurbished Internet browser that has a new UI and HTML5 support.

The camera UI has also been overhauled, with digital zoom, colour effects and macro mode support. For app developers, Android 2.0 will enable their apps to call upon Bluetooth API to interact with other devices over Bluetooth. Well, it was about time that Android matured quickly to compete with other smartphone OSes out there.

Google also hints at more Android devices coming with various display resolutions that include WVGA (800×480 pixels) and FWVGA (854×480 pixels). They also point out that devices running Android 2.0 will be released very soon. And that’s not it for Android for this year, The guys behind the OS are expected to churn out a minor update to OS 2.0 (probably OS 2.1) that should be out before the end of December. We hope that HTC doesn’t forget to push an update for our Heros.

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