The latest Andriod platform update provides enhanced multimedia and audio capabilities. This update means that rich multimedia capabilities will provide content publishers with the tools they need to provide interactive and engaging magazine mobile editions.
Rich Multimedia Capabilities include:
Mixable audio effects
A new audio effects API lets developers easily create rich audio environments by adding equalization, bass boost, headphone virtualization (widened soundstage), and reverb to audio tracks and sounds. Developers can mix multiple audio effects in a local track or apply effects globally, across multiple tracks.
Support for new media formats
The platform now offers built-in support for the VP8 open video compression format and the WebM open container format. The platform also adds support for AAC encoding and AMR wideband encoding (in software), so that applications can capture higher quality audio than narrowband.
Access to multiple cameras
The Camera API now lets developers access any cameras that are available on a device, including a front-facing camera. Applications can query the platform for the number of cameras on the device and their types and characteristics, then open the camera needed. For example, a video chat application might want to access a front-facing camera that offers lower-resolution, while a photo application might prefer a back-facing camera that offers higher-resolution.
In addition to mobile optimized magazine editions, we can expect that these features will also support the magazine tablet apps.
Top Andriod magazine and news apps already include
NYTimes for Android
Al Jazeera LIVE