Google has just announced the availability of a new flavor of its mobile operating system called Android, and also made available for download all of the resources that developers need to get started with the building of applications for it.
The new Android 3.2 Honeycomb platform was delivered as an incremental release and comes with a series of new capabilities aimed both at end users, as well as at application developers.
With the new operating system version, devs will enjoy new API changes. Android 3.2 brings the API level up to 13.
Some of the main enhancements that the new Android 3.2 OS iteration comes with include:
- Optimizations for a wider range of tablets. A variety of refinements across the system ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
- Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps. A new compatibility display mode gives users a new way to view these apps on larger devices. The mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching, for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes.
- Media sync from SD card. On devices that support a removable SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.
- Extended screen support API. For developers who want more precise control over their UI across the range of Android-powered devices, the platform’s screen support API is extended with new resource qualifiers and manifest attributes, to also allow targeting screens by their dimensions.
In addition to announcing the new platform release, Google also revealed that a new version of the SDK Tools was made available for download, r12, along with an updated Eclipse plug-in (ADT 12), available here.
Along with these updated resources, developers will also have a new version of the Android NDK at their disposal, downloadable from hereas well, via this link for Windows and here for Mac.
The new Android SDK can be downloaded from here for Windows, while developers using Mac machines will find it here. An Android library and system image were included in the downloadable platform. More info on the new OS flavor can be found on the Android Developers website.
Download Android 3.2 SDK Now Available