The Android project has released an early-look software developer kit for Android 1.5. Developers can use the SDK to try out the new version of Android and also start creating mobile applications for the final Android 1.5 SDK release that is expected around the end of this month.
Android is a free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. Android offers a full stack: an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. It also contains a rich set of APIs that allows third-party developers to develop applications. The Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language.
Starting today, developers can get an early look at the SDK for the next version of the Android platform. This new version (which will be 1.5) is based on the cupcake branch from the Android Open Source Project. Version 1.5 introduces APIs for features such as soft keyboards, home screen widgets, live folders, and speech recognition. At the developer site, you can download the early-look Android 1.5 SDK, read important information about upgrading your Eclipse plugin and existing projects, and learn about what’s new and improved in Android 1.5.