Android 2.0 Sneak Peak Video

Just yesterday, Android developers were discussing the fact that Android 2.0 (codenamed “Eclair”) would be out this week, but that Google hadn’t updated its SDK with 2.0 support.

Today, Google is rectifying that problem by announcing that the latest version of the Android SDK now supports Android 2.0. Along with it, Google has also released a video showing what’s new in Android 2.0.

If you’re a current Android developer, you can add Android 2.0 to your SDK toolkit by using the SDK Manager. New developers first need to download the Android SDK and then use the SDK Manager to add the Android SDK Tools, revision 3. These tools include support Android 2.0 and offer Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard support for Mac-based developers. For developers who use Eclipse as their IDE of choice, ADT version 0.9.4.

Meanwhile, if you’re curious about what’s new with Android 2.0, you can check Google’s highlights page and this video:

For users, some of the new Android 2.0 features include:

  • Multiple accounts per-device
  • Exchange Support
  • An improved virtual keyboard
  • Support for flash, digital zoom and white balance on the camera (provided your camera has a built-in flash)
  • Improved web browser with HTML-5 support and better search and navigation
  • Improved calendar

The first phone that will feature Android 2.0 is the upcoming Droid from Verizon and Motorola. It’s not yet clear what existing Android phones will be able to upgrade to Android 2.0, or when carriers will issue those software updates.

What do you think of the next version of Android? Developers, do the new features make you more willing to invest in the platform? Users, what new features are you most excited about using? Let us know!

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