Finally, after such a long silence, the next (last) beta release of Android SDK for mobile application building, is out!
Download it now! 🙂
Quote from http://android-developers.blogspot.com/ on the changes:
Enough of that though — you’re probably wondering what’s actually new in the SDK. Well, you should read the Release Notes, the Change Overview and the API Delta Report for all the details, but here are a few highlights:
- First and most obviously, the new Home screen is included, along with a ton of UI changes for 1.0.
- Some new applications are included: an Alarm Clock, Calculator, Camera, Music player, Picture viewer, and Messaging (for SMS/MMS conversations.)
- Several new development tools were added, such as a graphical preview for XML layouts for users of Eclipse, and a tool for constructing 9-patch images.
- Since we’ve got a new Home screen application now, we thought the now-obsolete version from the M5 early-look SDK might be helpful to developers, so its source is included as a sample.
- A number of new APIs are fleshed out and improved, and others are now close to their final forms for 1.0.
- Tons of bugs were fixed, of course. (If you had problems with the MediaPlayer, try it now!)
There are a lot of changes — the ones in the list above are just my personal favorites, so you should check out the links above for the full story. Not all the changes are additions, though: I’m sorry to say that we had to remove a few things, such as the GTalkService (for security reasons), and the Bluetooth API. There’s a bit more detail in the links above, and we’ll follow up on those in particular here in this blog to give you the scoop. In fact, we’ve got a little list of topics we want to talk about here, so stay tuned.
One more release and we’ll have version 1.0