A Cake for the Androids

Android Cupcake closer lighted
image source Cupcake: Flickr, author Pamela; Published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

Android is the operating system for smartphones and other devices that Google has developed. Like everything on Google, the operating system is further developed, currently it is available in version 1.5 (also called Cupcake). What has been done so far against the previous versions of Android? At Cupcake is not everything new, but much, many little things.The browser is now much more comfortable to use, the surfing runs much smoother thanks to a better rendering. But also the multimediaside has not been neglected. Thus, when an incoming call, for example, the music is gently blurred, and after the end of the conversation, it is gently blurred again, that is already beautiful. It can be searched for media content, there is even an interface for third party apps, which can then also access the media content of the smartphone.
The camera has gained functionality, finally you can also record videos without third party apps, and the processing speed of the recorded pictures and videos has improved significantly. Another important new feature is the onscreen keyboard, which can be displayed as required. With this, Android will become a hassle for touchscreen devices. But let’s take a closer look at two details:

As mentioned above, a lot of work the developer has flowed into the browser. In the old version, the surfing was quite pleasant, but it has then hooked in some places, the iPhone with the Safari was clearly better because simply a liquid work was possible. With Android 1.5 Cupcake is now finally smooth, smoothly scrolled through the browser. Different windows can be opened between which the user can quickly and easily switch back and forth, and a magnifying glass function can also be used to expand individual elements of the website. Multitouch has probably not been realized for licensing reasons in the basic version, however, it will probably as soon as in the old version hacks, which add multitouch functionality. We will see.

Unfortunately an integration of bookmark services like Foxmarks or Googlebrowser (still) is not implemented in the browser, otherwise my surfing experience could have turned out even better. In general the browser works however fast and fast-unfortunately still not with Flashseiten. But you can see that Google is back in reach of Apple. I’m curious about how the browser evolves, with the Chrome browser, Google has shown what is possible and how a reasonable Javascript engine can speed up the performance of surfing. I am pretty sure that some of the resources from the desktop product will flow into the mobile version.

At the cupcake there is finally an onscreen keyboard, which can be used well. After every touch print, there is a small haptic feedback, so Google tries to replace the missing keystroke on the onscreen keyboard. So far, RIM has created a clickable display with the Blackberry Storm, which in practice was not so good to use. Cupcake makes typing fun, both in vertical and horizontal mode, the keys are big enough to write quickly and securely. As always, you need a little time to work, if you have to write too much, you sometimes want a real keyboard.

Since there will certainly be third-party hardware solutions soon. The software suggests words during typing, but these are not displayed in the text, but in a bar above the keyboard, so you can manually select what you want. This solution is more pleasant than fading in or taking over the suggestion in the text, I have the impression that I can write so quickly and securely.All in all the keyboard is really successful.

Here is the official but incomplete changelog from Android 1.1 to Android 1.5.

For the conclusion, I simply disconnect between device and software:

With the cupcake update, the software has finally grown up and is definitely mass-ready. If the old version still had one or the other Macke, which one would not normal normal users, so you can now recommend the step to the easy and easy to use software. The basic functions are given and thanks to a now richly filled appstore the user finds also other programs, with which the useful value of the smartphone can be further increased.

The Magic is a smart smartphone, which is not necessarily the iPhone. HTC learned from the G1 and created with the good display, the trackball and the stronger battery a good basis for Android. Only the missing 3.5 mm connector for headphones would still be to complain about. But as always in life you can not have everything at once.

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