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Developers get Android SDK update

It includes new user interface, process for layout animations

February 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - The Android software developer's kit (SDK) was updated today with a new user interface and new developer tools, among several changes.

Android is a project of the Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 companies headed by Google Inc. to provide an open operating system and related functions for wireless devices. Members of the OHA showed how they have implemented Android on hardware at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Today's update provides enhancements to the original SDK announced in November to provide open-source developers an "early look" that will help shape development of the Android platform, said Michael Kirkland, a Google developer, in an e-mail.

A blog entry by Jason Chen, a developer advocate working with the OHA and Google, says the update, called m5-rc14, includes a new user interface as well as a means for developers to create layout animations for their Android applications. Changes to geocoding and media-player coding are also part of the new SDK.

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