Google Officially Announces Android 2.0 (Eclair)

Google-Android-2.0It’s official now. Earlier today, Android SDK Tech lead Xavier Ducrohet announced Android 2.0 support in the SDK. Android 2.0 (codenamed Éclair) introduces a host of new features. You can view the full list of changes here. The ones which caught our attention are:

  • Contacts – Android now supports synching and aggregating contacts data from multiple accounts. A new Quick Contacts API will allow access to contact info from within any application.
  • Email – Email box has been combined to enable browsing of email from multiple accounts. Support for Exchange has also been added.
  • Camera – A lot of ground has been covered in this section and most of the basic stuff that was missing has been added. Android now has built-in flash support as well as macro-focus, white balance and digital zoom options.
  • Keyboard – An improved virtual keyboard should enhance your typing speed by reducing errors.
  • Browser – The browser will feature a refreshed UI with support for double-tap zoom. Other changes include support for HTML 5 and bookmarks with web page thumbnails.
  • Bluetooth – Éclair will also have Bluetooth 2.1 support with two new Bluetooth profiles – Object Push Profile (OPP) and Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP).

What do you think about the new features? Are you happy or are you disappointed? Don’t forget to let us know.

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Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .