Google unveils Android 2 mobile platform


Google has released the much anticipated Android 2 software development kit, codenamed ‘Éclair’. The new platform features improved email and social media functions, alongside multi-touch controls, more camera features, improved maps and a more user friendly browser. The operating system now supports multiple email accounts, including those of Exchange. A Quick Contact widget will also allow users to email, text or call a contact by clicking on their photograph, wherever it appears. Phone makers can also extend this through sync adaptors, potentially allowing people to have their Twitter and social-networking updates delivered to their inbox.


Meanwhile a mulitouch function give users more control over the touch screen and a revamped virtual keyboard will offer faster, more accurate typing.

Camera support is enhanced with digital zoom, white balance controls and macro focus.

Meanwhile, an updated maps feature will include a navigation tool to help users plan their journeys, mimicking the functions of a car sat nav.

Eclair also brings a Quick Search box, which is similar in design to QuickSearch on webOS, and allows users to search the web and their phone directly from the home screen.

Android's browser will now feature thumbnails in the book marks Bookmarks now feature thumbnails of the webpage and there's support for HTML5. Double-tap zoom makes its first appearance.

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