Monday, December 6, 2010

Android 2.3 Officially Announced along with Updated SDK Tools

Android 2.3 Officially Announced along with Updated SDK Tools

And finally, Google just made the long awaited Android 2.3 official and yes it’s called Gingerbread. Google noted at least three highlights on the Android 2.3 including Enhancements for game development, Rich multimedia and New forms of communication. Along with the Android 2.3, Google also releasing updates to the SDK Tools to include new features like simplified debugs builds, integrated ProGuard support,

HierarchyViewer improvements and Preview of new UI Builder.

Enhancements for game development: To improve overall responsiveness, we’ve added a new concurrent garbage collector and optimized the platform’s overall event handling. We’ve also given developers native access to more parts of the system by exposing a broad set of native APIs. From native code, applications can now access input and sensor events, EGL/OpenGL ES, OpenSL ES, and assets, as well a new framework for managing lifecycle and windows. For precise motion processing, developers can use several new sensor types, including gyroscope.
Rich multimedia: To provide a great multimedia environment for games and other applications, we’ve added support for the new video formats VP8 and WebM, as well as support for AAC and AMR-wideband encoding. The platform also provides new audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost.
New forms of communication: The platform now includes support for front-facing camera, SIP/VOIP, and Near Field Communications (NFC), to let developers include new capabilities in their applications.
Check out the Android 2.3 official video below:

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