Google Offering Android 3.0 Honeycomb Preview to Devs
Google today published a preview of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform, in addition to (non-final) software development kits and APIs. The SDK and APIs are being provided so developers may start to scale and test their applications for larger devices. Google notes that Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been heavily customized just for devices with larger displays (i.e., tablets). Android 3.0 features a new "holographic" user interface, better support for 2D/3D graphics, multi-core processors, enriched performance of features such as widgets, and better multimedia support. Android 3.0 is the operating system that will ship on the Motorola Xoom, which is to go on sale later this quarter. Google didn't indicate if any of the features developed for Android 3.0 Honeycomb would eventually filter down to subsequent versions of Android for smartphones. Right now, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the most current version for phones.
Android 'M' Is for Marshmallow, Final Preview Build Released
Google today officially named the next version of its mobile operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company had strongly implied that Marshmallow would be the final name in a teaser video released last week.
Google Releases 4th Dev Preview of Android N
Google today made Android N Developer Preview 4 available to developers and beta testers. Google says devices that are enrolled in the beta program should be able to update to the newest preview right away.
Google Releases Final Developer Preview of Android 7 Nougat
Google today made the fifth and final preview of Android 7 Nougat available to app developers and beta testers. Google says devices that are enrolled in the beta program should be able to update to the newest preview right away.
Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK
Google today made available several significant tools for developers ahead of the general release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. First, Google released updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.