Google has just announced the availability of the full SDK (software development kit) for Android 3.0, the tablet-optimized version known as "Honeycomb." The updated SDK Tools component is now available for download from here and the Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin is here.
Why is this news so exciting?
It means that the Android 3.0 APIs (application programming interfaces) are now final. Or, more simply put, it means that Honeycomb-ready Android applications can now be published to the Android Market.
According to the news from the official Android Developers blog, the release includes updates to the SDK Tools and ADT Plugin for Eclipse, specifically.
- UI Builder improvements in the ADT Plugin:
- New Palette with categories and rendering previews. (details)
- More accurate rendering of layouts to more faithfully reflect how the layout will look on devices, including rendering status and title bars to more accurately reflect screen space actually available to applications.
- Selection-sensitive action bars to manipulate View properties.
- Zoom improvements (fit to view, persistent scale, keyboard access) (details).
- Improved support for <merge> layouts, as well as layouts with gesture overlays.
- Traceview integration for easier profiling from ADT. (details)
- Tools for using the Renderscript graphics engine: the SDK tools now compiles .rs files into Java Programming Language files and native bytecode.