Google has announced an ‘early look’ at the upcoming SDK for Android. Appropriately named the 1.5 Early Look SDK, Google has given developers access to it to provide a head-start on developing applications for 1.5. The new SDK has a new component structure in comparison to earlier SDK’s, so a few key points for devs to consider:
- The new SDK does not work with older Eclipse plugins (ADT 0.8)
- The old SDKs (1.1 and earlier) do NOT work with this new Eclipse plugin (ADT 0.9)
Google has also made the following very important notes to consider before you proceed:
This is an early look SDK only. The tools and documentation are not complete. The API reference documentation for the early look SDK is provided only in the downloadable SDK package — documentation for this early look release is not available at http://developer.android.com. To access the API reference for the early look SDK, see the documentation in your SDK’s docs/reference/ directory.
Additionally, note that the APIs provided in this SDK are subject to change until the final Android 1.5 SDK is released. You should not compile any applications for distribution using this version of the SDK. If you do so, your applications may not function properly when deployed to Android-powered devices running the final Android 1.5 platform. Please wait for the final Android 1.5 SDK before distributing applications built on the Android 1.5 system image.
Developers looking to get their hands on the Early Look SDK 1.5 can head over to Google’s Android Developer section for more information. Downloads are available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linus and Eclipse.