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Google releases Android 'Donut' 1.6 SDK

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Sep 2009 16:56 User comments (5)

Google releases Android 'Donut' 1.6 SDK According to the android-developers blog, the latest Android firmware update SDK, dubbed Donut and officially version 1.6, is now available for download.

Quick Search Box

Says Google, the 1.6 quick search includes "a redesigned search framework that provides a quick, effective, and consistent way for users to search across multiple sources—such as browser bookmarks & history, contacts, and the web—directly from the home screen."

The system will also continue updating itself with more relevant results, putting more popular contacts or applications at the top after just a few queries.

Camera, Camcorder, and Gallery

The completely redone interface makes for easier toggling between video, gallery and camera modes. You can also select batch photos for deletion or moving now. The performance of the camera, which was notably lagging is now "39% faster, and there is a 28% improvement in the time from completing one shot to the next."

Battery Usage Indicator

"A new battery usage screen lets users see which apps and services are consuming battery power. If the user determines that a particular service or application is using too much power, they can take action to save the battery by adjusting settings, stopping the application, or uninstalling the application."

You can read the full list here: Android 1.6 update

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5 user comments

116.9.2009 21:40

Mmmm tasty :)

217.9.2009 5:47

Now all i gota do is wait for them to port it to the tytn II :)

317.9.2009 15:16

I would say that home screen search thing is a whole lot like the the search function on the 3.0 OS for iPhone/iPod. But imitation is supposed to be the most sincere from of flattery.

I think the Genie said it best..."Often imitated, but never duplicated!"

I do like like the camera working faster thing. That was one of the reasons I switch to the "Jesus phone". That and the Android market moving more toward pay apps.

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418.9.2009 11:27

I hope with this system update they decide to put in java for the web and the copy, cut & paste commands so you can copy something from a web site and put it in a text message.

518.9.2009 16:41

Not sure, far as i can tell there is no global OS hook for copy paste and each app has to write it in... So might no be on this release... does appear a bit of an over sight... just another reason why its fun to be able to play with android with my tytn II but still be able to drop back to WM6.1 when i need to do some work. Although it looks like it now support vpn connections :)

Still looks like turn by turn sat navs there by at least two providers now... although i wish tomtom would port to android, but i guess that will never happen cus o the same reason they pulled support for the WM version lol

Oh well at least until then there is the Metal Detector app to keep you happy :-p

or Parallel Kingdom n Enkin,

ALSO just found this :

It would also appear that some cleaver person has ported android to the Asus EEE PC ahead of google officially providing GOOGLE OS ;) well dont that man... :)

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