Latest droid release lands

Android 4 and SDK released


New features and developer tools

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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 devices.
  • 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 support.
  • 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.

Full highlights can be found here, and you may want to head over to the Android blogwhere there is a bunch more information available.

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