Google has released Android SDK 2.1 for developers to begin making those great animated wallpapers that have made the Nexus One such a big hit at parties. Of course, this has come almost a week after the introduction of Nexus One, the first device to be running Android OS 2.1. Google isn’t making a big to do about the release either:
Android 2.1 is a small feature release that includes new developer APIs and documentation. For information about what’s included in the platform, read the Android 2.1 version notes.
I was hoping for a little more fireworks and party poppers. But, this will do.
It almost seems like the author of the documentation was having a case of the Mondays:
Android 2.1 does not add significant user features, see the Android 2.0 Platform Highlights document for the latest user features.
At least the API Changes have a nice list, including animated wallpapers:
API changes summary
The following is a summary of some notable changes to the framework APIs.
The following additions provide APIs for you to develop animated wallpapers:
SignalStrengthclass provides information about the device’s current network signal. This can be acquired from the new
WebStoragemethods to manipulate web storage databases.
GeolocationPermissionsmethods to get Geolocation permissions from, and set them on the WebView.
WebSettingsmethods to manage settings for app cache, web storage, and zooming based on screen density.
WebChromeClientmethods for handling video, browsing history, custom Views, app cache limits, and more.
Awesome. OK Devs, let’s get started.
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