Google intros Android 2.0 Eclair SDK for Droid smartphones

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Google has introduced its Android 2.0 software development kit. The SDK - also known as "Eclair" - is expected to power Motorola's new line of Droid smartphones. 

According to Google's Xavier Ducrohet, the upgraded SDK offers new APIs for sync capabilities, Bluetooth, integrated cameras and virtual keyboards.

"Developers can write applications to enable users to sync their devices to various contact sources," Ducrohet wrote in an official blog post.

Android 2.0 Eclair

"[Developers] can also give users a faster way to communicate with others by embedding Quick Contact within applications. With the new Bluetooth API, peer-to-peer connectivity and gaming can be added to applications."

Ducrohet explained that Android 2.0 allows multiple accounts to be added for email and contact synchronization, along with Exchange accounts. In addition, the Quick Contact feature provides instant access to information and communication modes.

Google Android 2.0 Eclair

"For example, a user can tap a contact photo and select to call, SMS, or email the person," noted Ducrohet. "Other applications such as Email, Messaging, and Calendar reveal the Quick Contact widget when you touch a contact photo or status icon."

Android 2.0 also offers upgraded support for integrated cameras, including built-in flash, digital zoom, scene mode, white balance, color effect and macro focus.

In addition, the Eclair SDK upgrades Android's virtual keyboard interface, with an improved layout, multi-touch support and a "smarter" dictionary.

Finally, Android 2.0 features a "refreshed" browser UI with an actionable URL bar for instant searches, bookmarks with web page thumbnails, double-tap zoom and geolocation API support.