Good news, Android developers, the full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK can be downloaded now from your SDK Manager – a preview Jelly Bean SDK version has been available since Google I/O. The company made the announcement a few hours ago on its Google+ page and now you can take advantage of the full SDK to create Jelly Bean apps, update your existing apps to support Google’s latest mobile operating system and optimize them for Nexus 7 use:
We are pleased to announce that the full SDK for Android 4.1 is now available to developers and can be downloaded through your SDK Manager. You can now develop and publish applications against API level 16 using new Jelly Bean APIs. We are also releasing SDK Tools revision 20.0.1 and NDK revision 8b containing bug fixes only.
Nick Butcher, “an Android engineer who notices small imperfections, and they annoy him,” posted a few tips and tricks that should help you tweak your apps to support Google’s 7-inch tablet, so if you plan to bring your apps to the Nexus 7 you should definitely check out the Android Developers blog – also, if you have new apps in the pipe-line, feel free to give us a shout.
At the same time, we can’t disregard the fact that Google is somewhat starting to encourage developers to update their apps for the Nexus 7, but also bigger tablets, even though the company has generally stated that any Android app will work on any Android device, no matter how big its screen really is. Does this mean that henceforward Google will be more interested in having developers create tablet-optimized versions of their apps?