After seeing all this videos of prototype Android devices from 3GSM at Barcelona, it’s time for some more good news – as I reported earlier on twitter, Google has finally released the new Android SDK. As Dan Morill mentioned on the Code Day, the new SDK introduces a new UI (although Google promised that it still work in progress), new Eclipse plugin and some very interesting API changes -
- New user interface – As I mentioned when we introduced the m3 version of the Android SDK, we’re continuing to refine the UI that’s available for Android. m5-rc14 replaces the previous placeholder with a new UI, but as before, work on it is still in-progress.
- Layout animations – Developers can now create layout animations for their applications using the capabilities introduced in the android.view.animation package. Check out the LayoutAnimation*.java files in the APIDemos sample code for examples of how this works.
- Geo-coding – android.location.Geocoder enables developers to forward and reverse geo-code (i.e. translate an address into a coordinate and vice-versa), and also search for businesses.
- New media codecs – The MediaPlayer class has added support for the OGG Vorbis, MIDI, XMF, iMelody, RTTL/RTX, and OTA audio file formats.
- Updated Eclipse plug-in – A new version of ADT is available and provides improvements to the Android developer experience. In particular, check out the new Android Manifest editor.
As for the UI change, you can watch the following videos (origin) from 3GSM Barcelona :