Ryan Paul over at Ars Technica spent some time with the new release of the Android SDK. He claims that there are ‘noteworthy improvements’ to the platform with the recent offering known as ‘m5-rc14’.
Even with plenty of work to do and “technical issues to resolve”, he says that “Google has now demonstrated enough responsiveness to developer demands to justify giving the company the benefit of the doubt. This second look at the platform and the development ecosystem has boosted my confidence in the endeavor and given me reason to be optimistic about Android’s prospects.”
Anybody else play with the new version yet? What kind of stuff have you encountered? Let us know in the comments.
Here’s one for you to chew on this weekend. Dialphone has some mock-up pictures of an alleged Alienware handset due out this year which will be running Android. No, seriously. That’s what it looks like.
For those of you calling hoax on this, might I remind you of something? Alienware was acquired by a little computer company named Dell. If that name rings a bell, you might also remember some rumors flying around just before the Mobile World Congress. Something to the effect of “Dell to create gPhones.”
This has to be the most unique looking phone we’ve seen in a while. Would you carry one of these around?
Rather than do a post for each tech site out there, we’re going to do a meta-review for all of the initial reactions coming in from around the web. We’ll dock this one at the top of the site and continue to add to it throughout the week. Bookmark this post or subscribe to the feed as we’ll be busy with this one!
It’s definitely very promising,” an analyst for technology research firm Gartner, Carolina Milanesi, told AFP. “This means that we should be on track to see commercial devices in the second half of 2008. Yahoo! News
The interface was quite snappy — it was almost exactly as swift as the emulated software on any PC — and it looks good and tight with lots of nice transitions et al. Crunch Gear
The interface is dead quick and rather glorious, and while we had no internet connectivity on it, we still were able to have a peek at various applications. In a few words, we like what we see. Engadget Mobile
The one thing I will say is, Android is fast, fast, fast. Like, OMG fast. Faster than any phone UI I’ve had a chance to play with before. Information Week
… you won’t have to wait that long until you can stick it to Microsoft with a Google phone – they’ll be out in the second half of this year. Sign us up. T3.com
Showing that you don’t have to be cutting edge to run Android, Qualcomm was showing off a demo board, featuring 3G connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi and a number of other elements. Different from the ARM demo from Monday, Qualcomm showed how 3D graphics would enable software developers to create state of the art interactive graphics.
PhoneMag.com has video up from MWC with Android running on an older E28 handset. It’s a tad bit sluggish when compared to the other prototypes, but that’s no cause for concern. The hardware inside that device is antiquated when you match it up to today’s current designs. Add another 6 months worth of technology from companies like nVidia, TI, Intel and Qualcomm and you’ll be just fine running it later this year.