Google reveals Android 3.1

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ComputerWorld reports Google unveiled Android 3.1 and revealed that the next version of Android (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich) will run on phones and tablets.

The Android 3.1 update, which begins today to Android tablet devices, includes an Open Accessory API (application programming interface) to integrate Android apps with accessories for musical equipment, exercise equipment, robotics and more. It also supports a USB host mode to allow applications to manage USB peripherals such as stereos.

At the same time, Android 3.1 allows input from mice, joysticks and gamepads, and allows developers to create home-screen widgets that can be resized. A full list of new features can be found at the Android Developers site.

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