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Google unveils Android 2.0

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Tue October 27, 2009

Android 2 has new browser, multiple accounts

Google today at last provided full details for Android 2.0, its first major update to its mobile OS. The platform brings a much improved approach to mail that allows both for multiple accounts and native Microsoft Exchange support. The web browser has similarly been upgraded and is only the second HTML5-capable mobile browser outside of Safari; it further brings some of the earliest multi-touch support and recognizes double-tap zooms.

Many of the other updates either add support for more modern hardware and less conspicuous but important interface changes. Cameras can now use digital zoom and flash as well as basic image adjustments like white balance. The touchscreen keyboard has been improved and uses multi-touch to better recognize quick typing, and the contact list now has a Quick Contact shortcut that provides options to call, locate and message users from the top level.

Underneath, Android 2.0 now has better hooks for hardware graphics acceleration and recognizes Bluetooth 2.1. Earlier Android 1.6 updates like the streamlined Android Market also supplement the release.

The software is likely to prove crucial for Google as it seeks adoption for Android both in offices as well as in more advanced devices that have normally been off-limits to the platform. Its importance has been highlighted in a prominent rumor that suggests Google co-designed the Motorola Droid and will use the Verizon smartphone as its signature Android device when it's unveiled tomorrow and ships next month.

by MacNN Staff



  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    now the wait begins

    first, you need to wait for the manufacturer to update/alter the operating system for your specific phone model.

    Then, you need to wait for the carrier to 'fix' the operating system so it is optimized for their network (and by this, I mean, that by default, the phone directs you to things that generate money for the carrier).

  1. kdogg73

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So, I have never used Android. Does it copy the iPhone's over scroll/swipe bounce that lets you know you are at the end?

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Less waiting than Apple

    But then Android owners like myself have had the needed features like copy/paste and MMS since day one.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Less waiting

    MMS? Bah! The iPhone's MMS is 1000 times better than your Android's MMS. This is obvious from the fact ATT needed to update their network to get it to work. You didn't need that with Android, did you? And it only works on the latest iPhones, which just shows you how great it will be. Otherwise it would work on all models! Ha!

    And I bet your phone just tethers without any other issues as well, right? Ha! iPhone tethering will rock so grand when it appears in the US it will make you piss your pants in jealousy!

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The real question (for me)

    But will the G1 be able to take it. If not (because of memory design limitations), then I'll cancel my TMO contract and head for the nearest Apple Store.

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