Google Releases Full Honeycomb SDK; First Tablet To Hit Stores

Google’s much anticipated Android 3.0 software development kit has been made available; and the first tablet running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will be hitting the streets on Feb 24, 2011, the company said. “We are pleased to announce that the full SDK for Android 3.0 is now available to developers. The APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market. The new API level is 11,” states Google blog. For an overview of the new user and developer features, see the Android 3.0 Platform highlights http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-3.0-highlights.htmlandroid-bumblebee-holoNoting that this version of Android differs from the phone version in two ways, Google developer Tim Bray posted, “The new environment is different from what we’re used to in two respects. First, you can hold the devices with any of the four sides up and Honeycomb manages the rotation properly. In previous versions, often only two of the four orientations were supported, and there are apps out there that relied on this in ways that will break them on Honeycomb. If you want to stay out of rotation trouble, One Screen Turn Deserves Another covers the issues.” “The second big difference doesn’t have anything to do with software; it’s that a lot of people are going to hold these things horizontal (in “landscape mode”) nearly all the time. We’ve seen a few apps that have a buggy assumption that they’re starting out in portrait mode, and others that lock certain screens into portrait or landscape but really shouldn’t.” “We’ve just posted the full SDK release. We encourage you to test your applications on the new platform, using a tablet-size AVD,” asserts Bray.

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