Widget Performance Question

by Romain Guy » Wed, 29 Apr 2009 07:58:57 GMT

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1. Instant Translation/Dictionary Interface...?

At the moment, there are numerous translation and dictionary apps. But
it seems that none of them is possible to be invoked from another app
for quick access. I mean, if I want to find the Chinese meaning of a
word in an English email, I have to switch to the dictionary app, type
in the word (or paste if I have copied it in advance), and get the

What could be helpful to language learners is to implement a interface
that I can select the word, and with some simpler actions (e.g. long-
click), invoke the translation/dictionary app and display the
translation in an overlay window.

What's your take...?

2. where's the "Android Platform Development Kit"?

There's a document hosted at:

It looks like a formal Google/Android document, but I can't find it
(or an updated version) in any official Android site.
I also couldn't find it inside the Android source tree.

Am I missing something?


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