New Version of Gingerbread Takes Belgian Train, Honeycomb Builds Spotted in AIR

November 29, 2010 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

App developer Christophe Versieux has been doing more than trainspotting the timetables of SNCB / NMBS (the railroad company in Belgium).  He’s also been spotting which operating systems are using his BeTrains Belgium app (at right), and he’s found some Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) builds well away from the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.

First he found a build called GRH14B; full user string: Dalvik/1.4.0 (Linux; U; Android Gingerbread Build/GRH14B ).  That was reported the day before Thanksgiving over at AndroidCentral.

Christophe wrote in to AndroidCentral again to report an even newer build checking out what time to catch a train in Brussels.  The new build number is GRH47B, slightly different user string of Dalvik/1.4.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3; Nexus One Build/GRH47B).

And here’s the AIR benchmark to show it, running Gingerbread on a good old Nexus One.  I took a brief look to see what else is on this benchmark list, and found a Honeycomb test suite hit on Saturday, also running on a Nexus One.  That build is passion-userdebug 3.0 HRI783D 77346 test-keys.  A second later Honeycomb build had even better scores, passion-userdebug 3.0 HRI83D 77346 test-keys.  Hmmm, G for Gingerbread, and H for Honeycomb, right?

If you care about the test results, the 2.3 build scored 330 while the second 3.0 build hit 550, although it’s not clear that a high score is a better one.  Many of the tests measured results in “ms” (milliseconds?) and the File Access score for that HRI83D build was a whopping 2862 ms, more than 3 times as much as the GRH47B build.

AIR Benchmark is a test to see how well Adobe’s AIR runs on any given device and OS build.  The benchmark test is available in the Market.

Update: Alas, the Honeycomb entries appear to have been faked, per this article in FrAndroid (French Android blog). The build info is fairly easy to spoof, and they admit they spoofed AIRBench.