Android Donut 1.6 SDK Released, Possibly Coming to Users Next Month

Google just announced that the Android 1.6 'Donut' SDK is available for download. Android 1.6 introduces a number of new features that'll surely help Android grow bigger, faster, and stronger--specifically Android has now added support for CDMA networks (Sprint, Verizon) and additional screen sizes and resolutions (QVGA, WVGA).

Android 1.6 'Donut' also brings Quick Search Box for Android which is basically universal search that searches locally on your phone and through the internet at the same time, new text-to-speech APIs, and the beautiful new Android Market we leaked a few weeks ago. There's also updates to the camera's interface, improvement to the camera's loading time (39% faster), and a neat battery usage indicator that details which applications are using the most power.

Google expects Android 1.6 'Donut' to hit Android users 'as early as October' so this is definitely an exciting time for all Android users. New hardware and new software, it just keeps getting better.


hit the jump to see pictures of Android 1.6 'Donut'!

Quick Search Box for Android

Battery Usage Indicator

New Android Market

New Camera Interface

  • Beginning of October? Just in time for the US Sprint launch of the Hero. Good timing for me!
  • 1.6 downloaded to my phone this morning, but where is the Battery Usage Indicator? I don't see it as an App or an upgrade to the existing Battery Monitor. Mine doesn't look like the ones I have seen in screenshots - can someone help??
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