The next version of Google operating system for smartphones is now available for developers, who have revealed many of the new features coming in Android 2.0.
Google itself hasn’t released a list of changes, but those who have been combing through the new software and its documentation has compiled a partial list.
The next version of Android will include multi-touch support, which allows the user to perform actions by touching the screen in multiple places at the same time, like reducing the size of an image by squeezing its corners. This was reportedly left out of Android 1.0 because Google was concerned about legal problems with Apple, who helped pioneer its use on smartphones.
UPDATE: According to a Google employee, the reports that say multi-touch support is coming to the operating system are mistaken. More information is available in the Brighthand Forums.
Google is also apparently adding gestures, allowing users to perform actions by moving their finger on the screen in a pattern.
Android for CDMA Carriers
Both Sprint and Verizon are expected to release smartphones running this operating system this year, and the new version will make this possible.
Android 2.0 will be the first version with support for CDMA networks. Previously, this OS only included support for GSM networks, such as T-Mobile.
More details on this upcoming OS — code-named Donut — will certainly emerge in the coming days.
For Brave G1 Owners Only
Those who have a T-Mobile G1 and just can’t wait until the official release can already try out a very, very early version put together by a third-party developer.
Anyone interested should be aware that the version posted today by “cyanogen” on xda-developers lacks many important features, like wireless networking.
When Google and T-Mobile will release an official version for current models — such as the G1 or HTC Magic — is not yet known.