Android 4.0.3 Platform and Updated Android ADT, SDK & NDK Tools Released

Android 4.0.3, an incremental release of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform includes a variety of optimizations and bug fixes for phones and tablets, as well as a small number of new APIs for developers. The new API level is 15."The new platform will be rolling out to production phones and tablets in the […]

Android 4.0.3 Platform and Updated SDK toolsAndroid 4.0.3, an incremental release of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform includes a variety of optimizations and bug fixes for phones and tablets, as well as a small number of new APIs for developers. The new API level is 15.

"The new platform will be rolling out to production phones and tablets in the weeks ahead, so we strongly encourage you to test your applications on Android 4.0.3 as soon as possible," informs Google Android developer team.

Here is what's new APIs in Android 4.0.3 include:

  • Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user's contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.
  • Calendar provider enhancements: Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.
  • New camera capabilities: Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.
  • Accessibility refinements: Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.
  • Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

For information on what's new, see Android 4.0.3 API Overview.

Download: SDK Tools r16, Eclipse plug-in (ADT 16.0.1), and updated NDK r7.

To get started developing or testing on the new platform, you can download it into your SDK using the Android SDK Manager.