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Google Releases the SDK For Version 1.6 of Android 69

Posted by timothy
from the equivalent-to-which-nexus-model? dept.
Qwavel writes "This release includes improvements to the Android Market, the Search Framework, and Text-to-Speech. It now has support for more screen resolutions and CDMA phones. Android 1.6 is based on v2.6.29 of the Linux kernel and is expected in phones that will be available next month. The mystery of Android 1.6, however, is Google's continued unwillingness to commit to a Bluetooth API and any Bluetooth functionality beyond the basic audio functions."
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Google Releases the SDK For Version 1.6 of Android

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  • Grr (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @03:25PM (#29445639)

    I want real Bluetooth :(

  • Why is it? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Darkness404 (1287218) on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @03:34PM (#29445779)
    Why is it that Android (and other cell phones) seem to have some obvious feature left out that developers are unwilling to fix? And usually they aren't "this will take years of R&D and some genius to realize we left it out" but blindingly obvious features. Why isn't Android embracing Bluetooth? I can think of a lot of good reasons for it, for one would be P2P networks for gaming, file sharing, etc. Or perhaps a feature that would let you use text messages and MMS over Bluetooth rather than using the cell network. If there was a phone with the openness of Android/WebOS, the polish of the iPhone, the large amount of networks like the BlackBerry, all in one phone it would sell like crazy. Instead they leave out important features and make phones that are decent, but not great.
  • by levell (538346) * on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @03:48PM (#29446011) Homepage

    Android (and Palm's new WebOS) phones seem fairly cool but I'd rather use a phone that had more of the normal Linux userland. The FreeRunner [openmoko.org] still has lots of very rough edges but the new Nokia N900 [nokia.com] with Maemo 5 [nokia.com] looks really mouth-watering

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  • Re:Why is it? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by pvcf (150815) <paul@frat t a r o l i . org> on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @04:07PM (#29446311)
    Why is it? Possibly... WiFi.

    Many higher end smartphones already support WiFi. Bluetooth is still great for connecting user interface devices like headsets/mics etc. But for the other things you mention, WiFi is better.

    One of the posts above quotes from the Android development team saying they understand there is demand for Bluetooth. Perhaps it is simply they feel there are more pressing priorities right now.

    Could also be that their product manager feels that support for Bluetooth peripherals is all that is needed and the rest will be handled by WiFi.

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