Oct 19 2011
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich — a new version of the platform that brings a refined, unified user experience for phones, tablets now available.
Here are some highlights:
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.
If you are new to Android, download the SDK Starter Package first.
Mac OS X (intel):android-sdk_r14-macosx.zip
How to Setup Android 4.0 Platform
- Prepare your development computer and ensure it meets the system requirements.
- Install the SDK starter package from the table above. (If you’re on Windows, download the installer for help with the initial setup.)
- Install the ADT Plugin for Eclipse (if you’ll be developing in Eclipse).
- Add Android platforms and other components to your SDK.
- To add or update the individual SDK components that you need, use the Android SDK and AVD Manager (included in the SDK Tools).
You can launch the Android SDK and AVD Manager in one of the following ways:
- From within Eclipse, select Window > Android SDK and AVD Manager.
- On Windows, double-click the
SDK Manager.exefile at the root of the Android SDK directory.
- On Mac or Linux, open a terminal and navigate to the
tools/directory in the Android SDK, then execute:
Note:The Android SDK and AVD Manager is the tool that you use to install and upgrade SDK components in your development environment.Let us know whether you are updating you platform or not.Feel free to ask any question any time!
Check out the video below for a closer look at Android 4.0 in action.