Google Android 2.0 official video released

Google Android 2.0 official video releasedGoogle has released a video showing off Android 2.0’s new features, and we’re more than a little impressed.

The video shows a vastly improved contacts setup with a cool Quick Contact feature that serves up a pop up screen offering just about every way to get hold of someone (short of thinking hard in their direction).

Other improvements include searchable SMS, Exchange support, better camera controls, improved browser with HTML5 support, and keyboard with full multitouch.

Bluetooth has also been boosted to full 2.1 and there’s better support for supporting apps in multiple screen sizes, like WVGA (800×480) & FWVGA (854×480).

We’re not sure if Android 2.0 will be available for folks using the venerable T-Mobile G1 handset, but we’ll keep you posted.

Here’s a full listing of the main changes from Android.com:
Contacts and accounts

  • Multiple accounts can be added to a device for email and contact synchronization, including Exchange accounts. (Handset manufacturers can choose whether to include Exchange support in their devices.)
  • Developers can create sync adapters that provide synchronization with additional data sources.
  • Quick Contact for Android provides instant access to a contact’s information and communication modes. For example, a user can tap a contact photo and select to call, SMS, or email the person. Other applications such as Email, Messaging, and Calendar can also reveal the Quick Contact widget when you touch a contact photo or status icon.

Email

  • Exchange support.
  • Combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page.

Messaging

  • Search functionality for all saved SMS and MMS messages.
  • Auto delete the oldest messages in a conversation when a defined limit is reached.

Camera

  • Built-in flash support
  • Digital zoom
  • Scene mode
  • White balance
  • Color effect
  • Macro focus

Android virtual keyboard

  • An improved keyboard layout to makes it easier to hit the correct characters and improve typing speed.
  • The framework’s multi-touch support ensures that key presses aren’t missed while typing rapidly with two fingers.
  • A smarter dictionary learns from word usage and automatically includes contact names as suggestions.

Browser

  • Refreshed UI with actionable browser URL bar enables users to directly tap the address bar for instant searches and navigation.
  • Bookmarks with web page thumbnails.
  • Support for double-tap zoom.
  • Support for HTML5:
    • Database API support, for client-side databases using SQL.
    • Application cache support, for offline applications.
    • Geolocation API support, to provide location information about the device.
    • <video> tag support in fullscreen mode.

Calendar

  • Agenda view provides infinite scrolling.
  • Events indicate the attending status for each invitee.
  • Invite new guests to events.

New Platform Technologies

Media Framework
Revamped graphics architecture for improved performance that enables better hardware acceleration.

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • New BT profiles: Object Push Profile (OPP) and Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)

New Framework APIs

Android 2.0 includes several new developer APIs. For an overview of new APIs, see the Android 2.0 version notes.

For a complete report of all API changes, see the API Differences Report.

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