Google unleashes Android fondleslab SDK
'Holographic' interface sneak peek
Google has released an unfinished SDK for the upcoming Honeycomb incarnation of Android, a release intended for touch tablets as well as smartphones.
According to Xavier Ducrohet, Google's Android SDK tech lead, Honeycomb is "specifically designed to give developers the tools and capabilities they need to create great applications for tablets and similar devices", and the "preview" SDK is a way for developers to test their applications on the new OS and get familiar with Google's new APIs and revamped user interface.
Honeycomb uses what Google insists on calling a "holographic" UI, and there's a new "interaction model" that involves stuff such as multitasking, notifications, and widgets. Google offers a short demo here:
In addition to a new UI framework, Google's preview SDK includes a new animation framework, hooks for multicore processors, additional Bluetooth APIs, and a set of enterprise-centric administrative policy tools. Alongside the SDK, Google has also released updates for Android's SDK Tools, Native Development Kit, and Android Development Tools (ADK) Plugin for Eclipse. You can learn more about the SDK preview here. ®
@DJ ....is to copy the iOS UI
Nah, it's way nicer than Cisco's Command interface
Re: Fix the emulator!
"How are you meant to develop anything ..."
Actually (whilst I'll concede the emulator should be improved) in general it's good discipline for developers to test their code on slow systems. That way they'll put more effort into getting them running fast in adverse circumstances, so that when the code gets released - onto unknown systems, often trying to run loads of other programs at the same time, the code will still work.
The same applies for Internet bandwidth: if your code (website, whetever) relies on having bandwidth available, develop it under adverse conditions, to force your developers to think about compression etc.
Yes, it's a sometimes painful process, but the end result will be much better.
Get some perspective yourself
Have you actually run Android 3.0 preview? If you had you would realise how superficial the resemblance is to iOS. The home page doesn't look anything like an iPad aside from showing some app launch icons. It's not even that similar to Android 2.x with most launcher completely gutted and replaced, and major changes to the browser & other apps.
I don't even understand why you think I lack perspective. My original post was hardly glowing of what I found in Android 3.0 preview. I think it's a bit lacklustre so far and I'm hoping things improve substantially before release.