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The creation of apps based on version 2.0 of the Android OS should be underway within days, because Google has finally released Éclair to developers.

Éclair supersedes Donut – aka version 1.6 – and, to illustrate version 2.0’s new features, Google has published a demo video which takes both developers and future users of the mobile OS through many of its new features.

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Android 2.0 has at least seven core area updates, including: email, contacts and accounts, messaging, camera, Android’s virtual keyboard and the browser.

For example, Android 2.0 adds in Exchange email support and allows for a combined inbox so that you can browse emails from multiple accounts within one page.

Google has also added a digital zoom feature to Android 2.0 and included a “scene mode” – which we assume refers to compact camera-style pre-programmed shooting modes, such as portrait and party shot.

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Android 2.0 supports different screen sizes

Android 2.0 now supports double-tap zooming within the browser – a major advantage, in our opinion - while the calendar even allows for “infinite scrolling” while in agenda view.

The Android 2.0 platform will be “deployable to... handsets starting in November 2009”, Google said. ®

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