updated 11:25 am EDT, Fri July 17, 2009
Android 2 End of Summer
Android 2.0 may be ready before summer's end if a developer's clues reflect Google's intentions. In an interview with AndroidGuys, a representative of The Weather Channel says its next app release for Android will be based on 2.0 when it ships in that window. As apps written for the new software won't work on older operating systems, the statement suggests the new mobile OS will be ready by that point.
She adds that, from a developer's point of view, Android 2.0 is "greatly improved" and is both easier to code for as well as more stable than earlier versions. No features are immediately discussed, but the second edition is described as encouraging creativity.
Also known as "Donut," 2.0 is due to add universal searching, voice control, text-to-speech and gesturing. It may also bring social networking components. Some companies, including Sony Ericsson, plan to use the newer version on their first Android handsets.