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Google Updates Android SDK

The refreshed software developer's kit comes as the operating system is beginning to pick up steam with wireless carriers and handset makers.

Google continues to update its mobile operating system, as the search giant introduced new software development kits for multiple versions of Android.

The company described Android 2.0.1 as a minor update, which includes multiple bug fixes and changes designed to appeal to application developers. The software includes more emulator skins so content creators can tailor their programs for different screen sizes and resolutions.

The updated SDK includes an application that enables developers to quickly test third-party sync adapters. There are also some behavior changes and tweaks to the framework application programming interfaces. Google said all Android 2.0 devices will be updated to 2.0.1 by the end of the year.

Google also updated Android 1.6, which can be found on the myTouch 3G. The 1.6 release 2 version also fixes bugs and adds new permissions and utilities for developers. Both SDKs can be downloaded from the Android developer Web site.

The move comes as Android is beginning to pick up some steam with mobile operators and handset makers. At this time last year, the only major device with Android was the T-Mobile G1, but the Linux-based OS can now be found on multiple devices from HTC, Samsung, LG Electronics, and Sony Ericsson. Motorola is also placing a large bet on Google's OS to help it mount a comeback, and the majority of its high-end devices will be powered by Android.

Wireless carriers have also shown support, as T-Mobile has multiple Android smartphones, and Sprint recently released the HTC Hero. Verizon Wireless is collaborating with Google to bring out multiple Android devices, and it recently rolled out the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris. So far, AT&T has not committed to the Google-backed OS.

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