Android Eclair

Last updated: April 3, 2012

What Does Android Eclair Mean?

The Android Eclair is the codename given to version 2.0 and 2.1 of the Android platform. The SDK for Android Eclair was released on October 26, 2009. Among the improvements with this release were new features in accounts management, contacts and Sync.


Techopedia Explains Android Eclair

Versions of the Android OS are codenamed after desserts. For example, 1.5 was Cupcake and 1.6 was Donut. Google chose Eclair as the codename for version 2.0 and 2.1.

Android Eclair brought improvements in:

  • Contacts and accounts
  • Email
  • Messaging
  • Camera features
  • Virtual keyboard
  • Browser
  • Calendar
  • Platform supporting technologies for all-new graphics architecture and Bluetooth 2.1
  • Search capability for saved SMS and MMS messages
  • Built-in flash support for the camera
  • HTML 5 support in the browser
  • Improved layout in the virtual keyboard
  • Events feature indicating the attending status of each invitee in the calendar

Android Eclair introduced a built-in MS Exchange support, one of the most sought-after features by users who work in large enterprises. These users employ MS Exchange to provide enterprise-wide email and collaboration.

Éclair also added the Quick Contact feature, which enables users to instantly access a contact’s information as well as select a mode of communication. For instance, by tapping on a contact photo the user could choose to call, send a short message service (SMS) message or email the person.


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