Google has confirmed that the Android 2.3 SDK is in fact the Froyo successor Gingerbread. Many speculations have been going around about the next Android OS update, and if 2.3 would be a patched up Froyo, or an official upgraded to Gingerbread. All of that can be put to rest now with today’s announcement. Android 2.3 focuses on better support for game development, support for front facing cameras, a built in task manager (no more ATK?), VOIP support, NFC integration, and others.
Google put out a video to explain about the changes coming in Gingerbread, which you can watch below. It’s full of geek speak, so be prepared to be confused if you don’t speak this dialect. I didn’t see an official roll out date, but the Nexus One will be getting it first. At this point I just want a f*cking patch to fix some of the annoying crap that happens on my Droid X because of some Froyo/Motorola bugs, but I’m not holding my breath. Google has done a great job supporting the Android platform, but I just wish the hardware and cell phone companies would follow suit.
I would imagine that the rest of us Droid users may not see Android 2.3 for at least another 2-3 months. Stay tuned for more on this subject. I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground, because this update is very near and dear to my daily life. You’ve been wanting to catch the Gingerbread Man…
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