Android 3.0 Platform: Hardware Acceleration & Multi-Core Support!

January 27, 2011

Great news!

Our biggest wish was granted: hardware acceleration. This is the magical trick that makes iOS run so smoothly, and thankfully, it is now a part of Android starting with version 3.0 Honeycomb. (That damned Google Code issue can finally be put to rest.) This was one of many changes highlighted by Google today. Among 2D and 3D hardware acceleration, developers can look forward to a revamped UI framework to create great-looking apps for tablets, support for multicore architectures, better multimedia support, enhanced connectivity options (mainly Bluetooth) and enhancements to enterprise features. A full list of the changes can be found at the Android 3.0 Platform Higlight page, as well as links to the newly-updated SDK, NDK, and ADT. We’ll be digging through the entirety of the list of changes soon enough, and we hope to have a breakdown for you guys in the coming moments.

Either way, there is obviously a ton of great stuff to look forward to, and you know we will keep you posted every step of the way.

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