Better camera and GPS performance
planning the next version of Andriod. Dubbed Android 1.5 the new version
promises better camera and GPS performance, support for video recording and
Bluetooth stereo. Also included in this new version is support for soft
keyboards, live folders and speech recognition.
Looking at the spec it seems
that software developers will have the option to target different Android
platform versions from within a single SDK installation. They will also find
improvements to install Android SDK add-ons to access extended functionality
that might be provided by OEMs, carriers, or other providers.
publishing a series of articles on its Android Developers Blog to highlight new
APIs in a bit to get developers writing applications. Topics covered include
OpenGL, asynchronous tasks, system settings, and new Activity callbacks.
far as users are concerned, Android 1.5 will have improved performances which
will allow for faster camera start-up and image capture, faster acquisition of
GPS location. Page page scrolling in the browser, and speedier GMail
conversation list scrolling are all a big plus.
What is stalling the spread
of the Android at the moment is the fact that there are only two phones which
use the open source operating system. The HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) and Vodafone's
HTC Magic. That is set to change soon when Samsung launches three Android
phones this year. We are still waiting to hear from other supporters of the
Android OS LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.