Its been so long, we kept hearing about the launch of Gingerbread – Android 2.3 which finally has announced officially. Having different updates, this tool is going to be more powerful and a fit threat for other industry rivals such as Apple. Apple though not so worried apparently, as they hold a big market share in the smart phones market, yet folks at Apple would be thinking for a lot of new updates to offer as the competition is being tough now!
According to Android Developers Blog, some of the official highlights of the updates are as under.
Enhancements for game development: To improve overall responsiveness, we’ve added a new concurrent garbage collector and optimized the platform’s overall event handling. We’ve also given developers native access to more parts of the system by exposing a broad set of native APIs. From native code, applications can now access input and sensor events, EGL/OpenGL ES, OpenSL ES, and assets, as well a new framework for managing lifecycle and windows. For precise motion processing, developers can use several new sensor types, including gyroscope.
Rich multimedia: To provide a great multimedia environment for games and other applications, we’ve added support for the new video formats VP8 and WebM, as well as support for AAC and AMR-wideband encoding. The platform also provides new audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost.
New forms of communication: The platform now includes support for front-facing camera, SIP/VOIP, and Near Field Communications (NFC), to let developers include new capabilities in their applications.
Along with the introduction of Android 2.3 – Gingerbread, the Android SDK tools are also updated with a lot of new features including Simplified Debug builds, Integrated ProGuard support, HierarchyViewer improvements and Preview of new UI Builder etc.
Watch out following video for more details.
Like me, are you also Looking forward to have a cell phone running on Gingerbread?
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