Fresh Android SDK version: m5-rc14

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Fresh Android SDK version: m5-rc14

Postby plusminus » Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:31 pm

Hello Community,

minutes ago Google released a new version of the Android SDK. Developers have waited over 2 months for this moment.
The latest SDK can be downloaded from :arrow: this location.

The ADT-Plugin has also been updated. Once again, prefer reinstalling before updating the ADT plugin.
:arrow: Instructions.

Detailed downloads:
Windows android-sdk_m5-rc14_windows.zip 79 MB ecc75c1e69588350634ca25867ce05a0
Mac OS X (intel) android-sdk_m5-rc14_mac-x86.zip 76 MB 844c80d0adb1a326f5a9fff262c61efc
Linux (i386) android-sdk_m5-rc14_linux-x86.zip 76 MB f8b863c8a880afe9bb84124f5976aab1

:src: List of changes from M3-RC37a to m5-rc14 .

Some new Features:
New user interface
  • As I mentioned when we introduced the m3 version of the Android SDK, we're continuing to refine the UI that's available for Android. m5-rc14 replaces the previous placeholder with a new UI, but as before, work on it is still in-progress.
Updated Eclipse plug-in
  • A new version of ADT is available and provides improvements to the Android developer experience. In particular, check out the new Android Manifest editor.
Emulator
  • The Android emulator now support SD card images up to 128 GB in size. The previous limit was 2 GB.
DDMS
  • Support for managing multiple devices has been integrated into DDMS. This should make it easier to debug applications that are run on multiple device scenarios.
Views
  • TabHost, TabWidget are no more deprecated.
  • android.view.View now lets you post a Runnable in the UI thread with the methods post(Runnable) and postDelayed(Runnable, long). This can be used as an alternative to creating a Handler in a subclass or in an application.
  • android.widget.ExpandableListView is a new widget that provides a two-level tree-type widget. The top-level items are groups and are each expandable/collapsible to reveal the group's children.
Menus:
  • There are three new menu types: the icon menu, the expanded menu, and context menus.
Location based Services:
  • android.location.Address defines a postal address.
  • android.location.Location (which existed in M3) defines a location via latitude/longitude.
  • android.location.Geocoder defines interfaces to obtain a Location from an Address (geocoding) or an address from a Location (reverse geocoding). It also supports business search.
Notification Manager:
  • Transient notifications are not called notifications anymore. They are now called android.widget.Toasts. This name may not be permanent, but the rest of the API should be quite settledTransient notifications are not called notifications anymore. They are now called android.widget.Toasts. This name may not be permanent, but the rest of the API should be quite settled.

We tried to extract the most important changes in the SDK. For all changes have a look :arrow: :src: here.

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Postby fresco » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:31 pm

Yea ! Here we go !
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Postby benny! » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:52 pm

Wow ... sounds like the new update includes
some cool new features. Thanks for the info!
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Postby plusminus » Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:29 am

:shock: the new Map-Zoom-Thing is ... i don't like it.
Perhaps it is useful in reality but on the since the update even more lagging (especially on maps) emulator... hell no :!:
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Postby plusminus » Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:38 am

Some images of the new gui (the videos before from the MWC had not been that sharp)

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don´t like...

Postby pekayatt » Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:12 am

Strange, but i don´t like this news "skins" of emulator, seens everthing is in a child-like design...

But this is my personal view, someone agree with me?

PS: And damm, my project is now, out of design for sure :P
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Re: don´t like...

Postby plusminus » Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:22 am

pekayatt wrote:Strange, but i don´t like this news "skins" of emulator, seens everthing is in a child-like design...

But this is my personal view, someone agree with me?

PS: And damm, my project is now, out of design for sure :P


Yes it looks pretty bad on the emulator, but the UI has been designed for better touch-capabilities (Buttons need to be bigger, for big fingers :roll: )

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Postby res » Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:47 pm

The more I use the new UI the more I like it.

The same can't be said for having to update my project to work with m5, but they thats life when you jump on board something this earlier in its life cycle.
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Postby benny! » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:01 pm

I guess changing the design according
to increase the touch-possibilites is a
good thing. Especially when it comes to
a marketing-factor.

Hopefully Android will be accepted by a
wide range of consumers.
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Postby tum0rc0re » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:41 am

I can not find the API Demos menu. Where's it? The emulator become more larger run for a time again :(( On my computer the emulator run for 16 minutes :( It's terrible. (( Btw, funny feature is a jalousie (if everybody doesn't know click main title) :)

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Btw, in this sdk have disabled a function of changing wallpapers :( I hope, that api functions still there're.
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Postby benny! » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:01 am

tum0rc0re wrote:...
The emulator become more larger run for a time again :((
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Yup. Unfortunately I can report this as well. Starting the
emulator takes quite a long time ... :roll:

Are there any settings to boot it up more quickly, e.g. like
disbling some functionalities.
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Postby Jesmiatka » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:47 am

tum0rc0re wrote:I can not find the API Demos menu. Where's it?


Hi!

I solved this problem on my emulator by running the emulator on -wipe-data mode
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Postby tum0rc0re » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:08 am

Jesmiatka wrote:Hi!
I solved this problem on my emulator by running the emulator on -wipe-data mode


Thanks a lot :)) Now this problem've solved :)
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Postby res » Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:42 pm

Jesmiatka wrote:
tum0rc0re wrote:I can not find the API Demos menu. Where's it?


Hi!

I solved this problem on my emulator by running the emulator on -wipe-data mode


This should be done whenever you update the SDK, its also a good idea to just run it from time to time to cleanup the emulator.
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Postby tum0rc0re » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:52 pm

res wrote:This should be done whenever you update the SDK, its also a good idea to just run it from time to time to cleanup the emulator.


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