In the Android Developers blog, Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK Tech Lead posted a blog announcing the release of the SDK Tools for Android 3.0. In the blog he announced ‘The APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market. The new API level is 11’.
Apart from the new platform Google has also released updates to the SDK Tools (r10) and the ADT Plugin for Eclipse (10.0.0). To help developers and users understand the extent of the changes made and the platform’s highlights, Google has provided information in the Android 3.0 Platform Highlights page.
The ADT Plugin in particular has an array of changes including, a new palette with categories and rendering previews, accurate rendering of layouts, ability to manipulate the View properties using selection-sensitive action bars, and improvements to zoom features like – fit to view, persistent scale, and keyboard access. Additionally, changes and improvements have been made to “merge” layouts and layouts with gesture overlays.
Google had released a test version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK in January 2011 to help developers test their application on the platform. However, this time they have made a more formal unveiling of the platform as a completed product.