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Android 2.0 officially unveiled

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Oct 2009 15:40 User comments (2)

 Android 2.0 officially unveiled Android fans long awaiting the next best firmware update can rejoice. Android 2.0 (Eclair) has been officially unveiled by Google, and it includes a good set of new features.
The full new feature set are as follows:

Contacts and accounts

* Multiple accounts can be added to a device for email and contact synchronization, including Exchange accounts. (Handset manufacturers can choose whether to include Exchange support in their devices.)
* Developers can create sync adapters that provide synchronization with additional data sources.
* Quick Contact for Android provides instant access to a contact's information and communication modes. For example, a user can tap a contact photo and select to call, SMS, or email the person. Other applications such as Email, Messaging, and Calendar can also reveal the Quick Contact widget when you touch a contact photo or status icon.

Email

* Exchange support.
* Combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page.

Messaging

* Search functionality for all saved SMS and MMS messages.
* Auto delete the oldest messages in a conversation when a defined limit is reached.

Camera

* Built-in flash support
* Digital zoom
* Scene mode
* White balance
* Color effect
* Macro focus

Android virtual keyboard

* An improved keyboard layout to makes it easier to hit the correct characters and improve typing speed.
* The framework's multi-touch support ensures that key presses aren't missed while typing rapidly with two fingers.
* A smarter dictionary learns from word usage and automatically includes contact names as suggestions.

Browser

* Refreshed UI with actionable browser URL bar enables users to directly tap the address bar for instant searches and navigation.
* Bookmarks with web page thumbnails.
* Support for double-tap zoom.
* Support for HTML5:
Database API support, for client-side databases using SQL.
Application cache support, for offline applications.
Geolocation API support, to provide location information about the device.
< video> tag support in fullscreen mode.

Calendar

* Agenda view provides infinite scrolling.
* Events indicate the attending status for each invitee.
* Invite new guests to events.





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2 user comments

127.10.2009 20:34

Hey does anyone know of a way to install Android on the Samsung Impression or any other phone that didn't come originally with Android. A complete OS change. Is there anyone or group working on this?? Is this even possible....

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Oct 2009 @ 20:36

228.10.2009 9:21

Really long features list. Apple could learn from this and add a couple of these things. I'll be checking it out soon on a friends phone.

As to user above me I really doubt it as the hardware is completely different, and most phones, unless they are smart phones, have an embedded OS, which can't really be changed in most cases.

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