Android Gingerbread 2.3 Lands With New Features

Posted on Dec 6 2010 - 9:37pm by Richard Sharp

After a long wait the latest Android OS is now available, Android 2.3 – AKA Gingerbread was released today on the new Nexus S with a variety of new features that have taken Android a further evolutionary step forward.

The updated OS has made a fair few changes to the interface, improvements that will impact on mobile gaming and the inclusion of two-way video calling for all. We’ve detailed the major changes below; if you are short on time feel free to watch the video at the end of the article.

Interface changes

[singlepic id=62 w=160 h=120 float=right]Android 2.3 now has a multi-touch keyboard so users can now quickly enter symbols that require combinations, there is also a marked improvement to the text selection workflow, in Android 2.2 users have to touch and hold a word to select the text, 2.3 is a lot quicker with just a single tap/touch needed.

Corrections to mistakes have also been overhauled with users able to quickly switch to voice to make a change.

Gaming and developers

[singlepic id=60 w=160 h=120 float=left]Android 2.3 now allows developers to directly get their creative mitts on the Open GLS and audio as well as make full use of the built in gyroscope. What does this mean for phone owners? Well in simple terms they will experience better games, with fluid graphics and faster moving games.

Android Gingerbread also brings VoIP to developers with the added function that will allow them to develop two-way video calls over the internet, expect apps to land soon.


Multimedia

One notable feature that Android users have been requesting for some time is that Gingerbread users can now record video using the front facing camera; on all other versions you can only use the rear, high resolution camera.

WebM video compression is now also supported making it possible to play YouTube videos straight in the Android Browser.

Near Field Communication

[singlepic id=61 w=320 h=240 float=right]At the Web 2.0 conference Eric Schmidt talked about Near Field Communication (NFC). The technology uses a built in scanner application that can read NFC tags. These tags can be attributed to things like websites, so when read would navigate straight to the URL. It will also be used as a payment solution, Google envisage the mobile phone will eventually replace the humble credit card and QR codes and NFC are the first step.

So now we have Android Gingerbread on the Nexus S, when we will see it rolled out on other handsets remains to be seen.

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Richard Sharp is the founder of gadgetsandgizmos.org. He loves technology, gadgets (comes with the territory) and social media. You'll find him writing features, attending events and playing with cool tech. Life's good.

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  1. Scott December 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    From what I have read to date it seems like Wifi proxy support again has been ignored. As a corporate user I am perplexed as to why Google continues to flip the bird to the corporate user by not adding this basic feature to the OS. I hate to say it but I am going to have to seriously think about dumping this device and switch to and iPhone. New features are nice to have but why add new features when you don't have the basic features in place already. Would you spend money on new hardwood for your house if you only had half of the roof intact?

  2. Kevin December 7, 2010 at 12:32 am - Reply

    I think this update is really cool but I was wondering if this update will be available the origional Motorola droid

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