Google reveals Android 2.0 features

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Google's next major update to its mobile platform, Android 2.0, was officially unveiled today. Codenamed Eclair, many new features appear to have been added in this release, including improved synchronization -- with support for Microsoft Exchange accounts and contacts -- and a new Quick Contact feature that enables users to email, text or call a contact by tapping on their photo.

The touch screen keyboard has been improved as well and now uses multi-touch to better recognize quick typing. Android's web browser has similarly been upgraded with multi-touch and double-tap zoom support, a refreshed user interface with an actionable address bar, bookmarks sorted by thumbnail, and support for HTML5. Other notable improvements include a new Bluetooth API and more in-depth camera controls.

Motorola's new Droid handset, which is due to be released in the United States later this month, is rumored to be the first device to run the new Android 2.0 Eclair software. Check out a video highlighting some of the new features after the jump.


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