Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK now available

The final version of the software Development Kit (SDK) for Android 3.0 – codenamed Honeycomb – is now available.

Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK Tech Lead announced on the Android Developers Blog that the full SDK for Android 3.0 is now available to developers. The API’s are the versions that will ship, and developers can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market.

Google are also releasing updates to the SDK Tools (r10) and ADT Plugin for Eclipse (10.0.0).

Key features include:

  • 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 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.

To get started developing or testing applications on Android 3.0, visit the Android Developers site for information about the Android 3.0 platform, the SDK Tools, and the ADT Plugin.
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