Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Experience the new level – ANDROID 3.0 SDK

Experience the new level – ANDROID 3.0 SDK

Google has recently announced the availability of the full SDK for Android 3.0. The updated SDK Tools component is now available for download from here .
The Android 3.0 platform is designed specially to meet the unique needs of applications on devices with larger screen sizes. Hence, there are some new and exciting things in Android 3 SDK, which should get developers excited about Android Development.

Android 3.0 comes with a new UI designed from the ground up for tablets. With so many tablets in the market, UI is going to be a crucial factor to attract consumers to your device and the Google team has nailed it this time by providing an altogether new UI framework for developers, which will allow developers to create a richer, more interactive experience for users. We’re really excited about Activity fragments, which provide greater control of content and design flexibility.

This will allow developers to come up with apps, which are more intuitive and engaging thereby increasing the overall user experience. The Activity fragment feature is supplemented by redesigned UI widgets which can now be used as remote views in application widgets displayed on the home screen. Other exciting features of Android 3.0 Platform include Persistent Action Bar and Richer Notifications. It’s really a neat idea to provide each application with its own instance of the Action Bar at the top of the screen. This will allow developers to expose more features of their applications to users in a familiar location.
We know that the notification mode is arguably better on Android devices as compared to iOS. And this just got better with Android 3 SDK, which includes new builder class thereby allowing developers to quickly create notifications that include large and small icons, a title, a priority flag, and any properties already available in previous versions. In Android, all notifications are neatly organized in an expandable menu. So, whenever any of these notifications appear, they are quickly displayed for some time in a small strip that always stays at the top of the screen. iOS 4 still follows pop-up notifications, which may occasionally interfere with whatever apps you’re running at the time.
There’s also some good news for Android Game Developers. Android 3.0 offers a new hardware-accelerated OpenGL renderer that gives a performance boost to many common graphics operations for applications running in the Android framework. And if this was not enough, Google has also included RenderScript with Android 3.0, which is a runtime 3D framework for accelerating graphics operations and data processing. It seems like we are going to see some really exciting games for Android in the near future!
Android 3.0 also includes some other smart features likes HTTP Live streaming and Digital Media file transfer. Overall, it’s an impressive release and we hope that the developers will make full use of it!

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