Android 1.6 rolls out October, brings universal search and quite a few novelty features

Android 1.6 rolls out October, brings universal search and quite a few novelty features
We can´t wait until October, because quite a few thrilling things are going to happen next month. The Windows Mobile 6.5 mania gets a nice boost on 6 October, because that´s the official release date of the new OS, plus it is the day when we get to see a good number of devices based on it. And we´ve just found out that the next version of Android, edition 1.6 is quite likely to roll out next month as well. The new functions that the update known as the Donut is about to bring forth make us feel... wanting.

They are revealed in a video advertising SDK for version 1.6 of the Google-made operating system. The novelties include support for not only CDMA and GSM, but various screen resolutions and display types as well, meaning we should see the number of devices that can run Android increase rapidly. One of the handiest features the update brings is universal search that is implemented much the same way as on the Palm Pre - in your phone and on the Internet at the same time. New APIs allow for text to speech conversion that can be combined with translation between languages. Who knows, perhaps Android 1.6 will finally make us able to have a word with the cute Italian girl working at the boutique around the corner. As we already mentioned, the new Android Market version that is to come with the Donut update will be much more... App Store friendly. 

But that´s not all. Android 1.6 will feature improved battery indicator showing all applications that gnaw through the battery charge, so you can kill the threads or remove them entirely. The camera interface has had a facelift and will both look better and run faster. The Gallery will allow selection of several images, so you will be able to delete multiple files at a time. Finally, the new OS version adds gesture controls.

Fingers crossed Android version 1.6 rolls out soon and new thrilling devices running on it, like the Motorola CLIQ, HTC Hero for Sprint and Sholes for Verizon follow suit.

source: Android Developers

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8 Comments

1. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

I'm putting a Sense UI them on my Sholes or "Tao" as soon as it's out.

2. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

*theme*

3. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

I just want a phone as fast as the one in the video !!!

4. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

i'm seriously starting to get excited! when android was first released i had such high hopes, but those hopes were quickly crushed with the lack of devices and seeming lack of interest. all of that is starting to change now! i'm really looking forward to testing out the hero when it comes out with sprint next month and if all goes as planned, purchasing the phone the same day! :)

5. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

i was told by a friend who works at google to hold on on buying the Touch Pro 2 (verizon) so that i could make sure i didnt like the Motorola Sholes better. He told me the new version of Andriod will probably change my mind and make me grab the Sholes. So i will be waiting to compare the WM6.5 TP2 vs. Sholes.

6. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

really Seth? You're going to wait and see which is better? Android omgwtfpwns the hell out of WM. Go for the Sholes man, dont waste your time and money on WM.

7. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

yea i'm leaning towards it

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i agree 100%. WM is a horrid platform over all. Ive had wm, bb, and i now use a mytouch.. i will NEVER own a windows phone again unless they change a few dozen things. this android based Mytouch is fantastic though. I cant wait till the 1.6 updates come out. What they need to do is take the TP2 form factor and put android on that, with a big fat battery. that would be a near perfect phone. the only downside i have w/ android, is its not nearly as stable as a trusty blackberry as many apps tend to fail, but android market has a wonderful auto-check4updates system in place to make sure ur DLs are always current.... its still 100x more stable than a windows phone.

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