Android 2.3 Gingerbread Information:
Android Gingerbread is Google's fourth big Android update, Android 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Eclair and 2.2 Froyo came before it. Gingerbread was released in December 2010 and Samsung Nexus S is the smartphone Google showcased this update on. Gingerbread brings tons of improvements to the Android OS, let's see what's new. Gingerbread is far more suitable for game development, Google has brought tons of improvements when it comes to that. Tightly-integrated VoIP support, video calling support via front-facing camera, better cut and paste, NFC integration, gyroscope support, an improved download manager, a redesigned keyboard with multi-touch support and an integrated task manager. As you can see there are many improvements Google brought to the OS, in addition to all this they fixed a ton of bugs and optimized the OS throughout. You'll use the cut and paste function much easier now and a download manager is far better now, it functions like it should. Task manager is always a good addition and I bet there are those of you who will love the video call support via the front-facing shooter. UI itself looks better, Google has made a step forward at that front as well, though the changes aren't exactly drastic.
AndroidHeadlines.com Android 2.3 Gingerbread Articles:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread Announcement
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK
- What's New in Android Gingerbread SDK
- What Are the New UI Changes in Gingerbread?
- One Stop Shop for Nexus S and Gingerbread: News, Manual, Video, Photos!
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread: Feature Highlights
- New Gingebread SDK Goodies: Custom ROM's and Video Chat
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread Source Code
- Gingerbread Keyboard APK available for Download
- The Awesomeness of Gingerbread NDK, as told by Google
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Additional Android 2.3 Gingerbread Resources:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread Developer Preview
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread Developers Blogspot
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread APIs
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread Wikipedia
Android 2.3 Gingerbread Editor Rating:
Gingerbread might not look all that different in comparison to Froyo, but it is definitely a step forward. The listed changes above are definitely a huge leak forward for Android, it is far easier to do certain things on Gingerbread than it was on Froyo. Considering the UI, this could be called an iterative update, but considering the amount of changes Google brought to Gingerbread, I wouldn't call it that, not at all. I'm really looking forward to see what will Google release next, in other words, where will Android go next and what does the next version of Android has to offer us.
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