Android 1.5 SDK Final Released
Article by George Norman
On 28 Apr 2009
Following the release of an Android 1.5 SDK developer preview, the Mountain View search engine giant responsible for the development of the open-source Android operating system used to power the G1 smartphone (and in the future a $250 netbook) has announced the released of Android 1.5 SDK final.

“I've got some good news today: the Android 1.5 SDK, release 1 is ready! I am also happy to let you know that our partners at HTC have made available new system images to upgrade your Android Dev Phone 1 (ADP1) to Android 1.5. This new version (which is only available for the ADP1) is based on the Cupcake branch from the Android Open Source Project and corresponds to the system image of the Android 1.5 SDK, release 1. If you have questions about the process of updating your device, you can ask the mailing list that we've set up. I'd also like to note that Android developer phones like the ADP1 are intended for application development, rather than daily use. Additionally, they are operator-neutral and country-neutral, so they may not include certain features found on end-user devices,” explained Xavier Ducrohet.


This piece of news might not be of great interest to regular G1 users, but it is an indication that the release of Android 1.5 is getting closer. Here are some of the things you can expect to get with Android 1.5, codename Cupcake:
- On-screen soft keyboard with: portrait and landscape support, 3rd party keyboards support, user dictionary (for custom words).
- Home screen with: Widgets (analog clock, calendar, music player, picture frame, and search) and Live folders.
- Camera & Gallery to include video recording and video playback for supported formats.
- Bluetooth to support for stereo Bluetooth, auto-pairing, and an enhanced handsfree experience.
- Browser will feature: copy and paste, search, user-selectable text-encoding, UI changes (tabbed bookmarks/history/most-visited screen and unified Go and Search box).
- Contacts with: user picture for Favorites, events in call log display specific date and time stamp, access contacts from a call event log with a single touch.
- Linux kernel 2.6.27
- SIM Application Toolkit 1.0
- Google apps with: upload support for YouTube and Picasa, batch actions for Gmail messages (archive, delete, and label), and the option to view Google Talk friends' status in Contacts, SMS, MMS, GMail, and Email applications.
- Accelerometer-based application rotations.

If you would like to get Android 1.5 SDK (software developers kit), a download location is available here.

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