Google [GOOG] has launched the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Download to developers. The new operating system was announced earlier today and brings a number of new features to the Android platform.
The new SDK brings a number of APIs that developers can access. Some of them included hear:
* Unified UI toolkit: A single set of UI components, styles, and capabilities for phones, tablets, and other devices.
* Rich communication and sharing: New social and calendar APIs, Android Beam for NFC-based instant sharing, Wi-Fi Direct support, Bluetooth Health Device Profile support.
* Deep interactivity and customization: Improved notifications, lockscreen with camera and music controls, and improved app management in the launcher.
* New graphics, camera, and media capabilities: Image and video effects, precise camera metering and face detection, new media codecs and containers.
* Interface and input: Hardware-accelerated 2D drawing, new grid-based layout, improved soft keyboard, spell-checker API, stylus input support, and better mouse support.
* Improved accessibility: New accessibility APIs and text-to-speech APIs for writing new engines.
* Enhancements for enterprise: Keychain and VPN APIs for managing credentials and connections, a new administrator policy for disabling the camera.