Android developers gain new APIs with Ice Cream Sandwich update – Mobile World Live

Android developers gain new APIs with Ice Cream Sandwich update

19 DEC 2011

Google announced Android 4.0.3, an incremental update to its Ice Cream Sandwich platform, which adds “a small number of new APIs for developers.” The company said that going forward, it will be focusing its partners on this as the base version of ICS, encouraging developers to test applications using the operating system as soon as possible.

New APIs introduced include a social stream API  for Contacts, enabling apps which use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins to sync data with user contacts; calendar enhancements, to enable apps to add colour to events, with new attendee types and states also available; new camera capabilities, with apps able to check and manage video stabilisation and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed; and accessibility refinements, to provide improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.

Android 4.0.3 also makes “incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.”

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