Android 2.1 aka
Flan has yet to be
released to the public, some users at "Sholes" got their hands on a build which
they have ported to a
Motorola Droid. Engadget took the opportunity to have a look how Android
2.1/Flan - which is also expected to run on Google's own
smartphone (where this port most likely came from) - will look like and it seems
Google has overhauled the Android user interface which stayed pretty unchanged
since Android 1.1 was launched on the T-Mobile G1 last year. Most noticeable is
the updated home screen with - as it looks - 5 pages as well as a
quick-overview/switcher to the different home screen pages:
Also interesting is the weather and news hub while it's yet unclear if these
applications will be standard programs of Android 2.1/Flan or not.
Furthermore it looks like the camera got another UI update as well as the
programs menu seems to have received an update as well.
Google is expected to release Android 2.1/Eclair in early 2010. It's most
likely that today's Android 2.0 smartphones will get offered an upgrade to
Android 2.1. Also rumors hit the web that HTC skipped Hero's Android 2.0
development in favor of bringing Android 2.1 instead.
Nevertheless, Google's Mario Queiroz, Vice President, Product Management at
said in a recent blog posting that Google is constantly experimenting with
new products and technologies and therefore often ask employees to test these
products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements. Therefore it's not
confirmed that the screenshots above will indeed represent how Android 2.1/Flan
might looks in its final and commercial version.
Cheers ~ Arne