We’ve known for a while that Android 2.0, Google’s mobile operating system, was going to be arriving soon. We got a preview of some of its new features while we were at the Google I/O conference in May. Additions such as Android Search, text-to-speech compatability, and gesture support were welcomed additions to the mobile OS.
Here are some of Android 2.0’s key features:
- Android Search: It’s a universal search tool for searching both the web and your phone at the same time.
- Text-to-Speech Support: Have a Google Voice (Google Voice) account? Developers are going to integrate it with your Gphone very soon.
- Gesture support: Instead of scrolling through your contacts to find the “P” names, all you have to do now is draw the letter “P.” Nifty, right?
- CDMA support: Sprint phones are CDMA phones. Guess who’s going to be getting Android phones soon?
- Automated backups
- A new camera app
- Better performance
- The Donut build is actively being ported to current handsets, with a (very crashy) version available for the G1 handset already.
Some of the key features and widgets will be made available in ‘cooked’ 1.5 builds, which will make “the best stuff available in a more solid, accessible form without having to wait for 2.0 to become stable. If you’re an adventurous – nay, borderline mental – G1 owner, though, you can start your journey to Donut right now”, reports Engadget.