Android 4 and SDK released
New features and developer tools
Via our sister site
Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it a bunch of slick new features
for consumers, such as Face Unlocking, and visual voicemail, but
developers will be keen to know what they can expect in terms of
new tools etc, to incorporate the magic into their own apps.
The SDK is available immediately, and below is a summary of some
of the treats you can expect to find:
- Unified UI toolkit: A single set of UI
components, styles, and capabilities for phones, tablets, and other
- Rich communication and sharing: New social and
calendar APIs, Android Beam for NFC-based instant sharing, Wi-Fi
Direct support, Bluetooth Health Device Profile support.
- Deep interactivity and customization: Improved
notifications, lockscreen with camera and music controls, and
improved app management in the launcher.
- New graphics, camera, and media
capabilities: Image and video effects, precise camera
metering and face detection, new media codecs and containers.
- Interface and input: Hardware-accelerated 2D
drawing, new grid-based layout, improved soft keyboard,
spell-checker API, stylus input support, and better mouse
- Improved accessibility: New accessibility APIs
and text-to-speech APIs for writing new engines.
- Enhancements for enterprise: Keychain and VPN
APIs for managing credentials and connections, a new administrator
policy for disabling the camera.