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Android 3.0 Platform Preview and SDK Is Here 129

mikejuk writes "Google has released the Android 3.0 SDK, to allow developers time to create the apps that will run on the flood of tablet devices that should be availalble later in the year. The preview includes improved 2D and 3D graphics, new user interface controls, support for multicore processors, DRM and enterprise security features. It is complete with a 3.0 emulator that you can use to try applications on, but you can't add them to the app market just yet."
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Android 3.0 Platform Preview and SDK Is Here

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  • by mlts ( 1038732 ) * on Thursday January 27, 2011 @05:41PM (#35024760)

    Google might just end up making a new VM system, similar to what Microsoft did with .NET.

    This might have some advantages. Perhaps language independence could be put in, so Java source code files can be used, but they would compile to the new VM format, similar to how Microsoft's J# compiled to .NET. This way, someone can use Java syntax, C++ syntax, heck, even a version of BASIC and still get the same bytecode coming out. Add JIT, and there would be little performance overhead.

    Oracle doesn't seem to be doing much with Java anyway, so if Google made a VM system from scratch, perhaps it might be better overall in the long haul, especially if it was designed from the ground up for security, learning the mistakes Sun/Oracle made.

  • by Dayofswords ( 1548243 ) on Thursday January 27, 2011 @07:06PM (#35025908)

    From the video []
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