Version 1.6 of Android targeted for October

The latest version of Android, version 1.6, is due for release in October of this year. As such, the upgrade is already in the hands of the developers - as we've already seen in HTC's case, for example.


The new version of the operating system will introduce a variety of upgrades and enhancements. For example, the search protocol has been upgraded. According to the development team, "The system constantly learns which search results are more relevant based on what is clicked. So popular contacts or apps that have previously been picked will bubble up to the top when a user types the first few letters of a relevant query."


Launching the camera is faster too - 39% faster, in fact - while time between shots has been reduced by 28%, "An updated user interface provides an integrated camera, camcorder and gallery experience. Users can quickly toggle between still and video capture modes. Additionally, the gallery enables users to select multiple photos for deletion," said the development team.


Other upgrades include a text-to-speech engine, updates to Android Market and a battery usage indicator.


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