This is good news considering there were serious doubts only a couple of months back whether Android handsets would be available this year at all. "The beta SDK that we're releasing today is the first big step on the SDK's road to compatibility with 1.0" Morrill says "The APIs are now pretty stable and we don't expect any major changes."
Highlights of the new SDK Beta include:
A new Home screen with 'a ton of UI changes' for 1.0
New applications including: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Camera, Music player, Picture viewer, and Messaging
for SMS/MMS conversations
New development tools including a graphical preview for XML layouts for users of Eclipse, and a tool for constructing 9-patch images
New APIs have been fleshed out and improved, while others are close to their 1.0 final forms
However, it's not all a case of new additions, some things were taken out. As well as the hopeful removal of many bugs such as those people had experienced with the MediaPlayer, Google has removed the Bluetooth API. Morrill also reveals that the GTalkService has been removed "for security reasons."
What has the Android Security Team got to say about it all, and how have they approached the security research and vulnerability disclosure communities for help? Find our on page 2...