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Features of the New Version of Android

YouTube, Picasa, Gmail Improvements Included

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Google is in the process of releasing an upgrade to its Android mobile platform in version 1.5. Google is emphasizing the ability to upload YouTube videos right from your mobile phone.

Naturally, this makes it simple to record a video and upload it instantly. "What’s more, YouTube gives me full control of my privacy, so I can decide if I want to make my videos available to the entire Web or just a subset of invited friends," says Android Team Product Marketing Manager Jonathan Matus.

On the Google Mobile Blog, he lists the following features/improvements:

- YouTube: record and easily upload videos to YouTube.

- Picasa Web Albums: upload photos directly to your Picasa Web Albums.

- Gmail: multiple-thread selection to easily archive, delete, label or mute several threads at once.

- Search by voice: improved speech recognition.

Other highlights of Android 1.5 as outlined by Android include: 

- Fast, smooth typing with the on-screen virtual keyboard

- Easy access to favorite apps, contacts, bookmarks, and more via home screen widgets and live folders

- Video recording, playback, and sharing

- Full web experience with enhanced browser

- Hands-free calls and listening with stereo bluetooth

- Lots of UI refinements and performance improvements to the overall phone experience

- New APIs and elements to enable even more innovative apps from developers

Google notes that the actual timing of Android 1.5 availability on existing user devices will be determined by each carrier. The entire list of new features and improvements can be viewed here.

Features of the New Version of Android
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