Android 1.6 ‘Donut’ Released For Developers

The video above gives an overview of the features that will be made available by the new Android 1.6 ‘Donut’ build, which has just been released for developers. Sources suggest that it will be coming to devices as soon as October. From a consumer’s point of view, the most interesting features that the new OS will offer are:

QuickSearch: Similar to the MAC/iPhone spotlight feature. lets users search through the phone as well as the Web, pulling up browser history, bookmarks, music, contacts and other data along with results drawn from the Internet

Text-to-speech API:– A multi-lingual speech engine called Pico made by SVOX is included in Donut

New Camera Interface:– From a single interface, the user can switch between still and video camera modes or look through the gallery. Additionally, the Android Team says camera launches 39% faster, and there is 28% less lag between shots.

Battery "fuel gauge"– This new feature lists the battery consumption of each running application and service, letting the user fully streamline their battery consumption

Gesture Support– A new tool in the SDK called GestureBuilder lets app developers generate entire libraries of new app-specific gestures.

The new build will also allow Android devices to run on CDMA and in different resolutions and screen sizes.