Google have officially announced the Nexus S flag-ship smartphone running Gingerbread, aka, Android 2.3. This phone offers a curved ‘contour’ display which is designed to fit ‘comfortably in the palm of your hand’. It provides Samsung’s 1GHz Hummingbird processor as well as front rear facing cameras. One of the other highlights of the device is that it packs 16GB of internal memory along with near field communication (NFC) hardware that “lets you read information from NFC tags”.
Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard [...]
We’re not 100% certain, but the word on the wire is that Gingerbread might come out of the oven today, and if so, we’ll be here for the tasting. If the rumors are correct, we may very well see the next iteration of Google’s Android OS today, offering a whole bunch of new features including HTML5 support, Near Field Communication (NFC) and possibly even an open source video codec that encroaches on Flash’s space.
Why so positive? Well, good old Mr. Rubin is set to take stage at the D: Dive into Mobile conference today. This event is well known and was founded by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of [...]
We’re all wondering what exactly Android 2.3 will have in store for us other than another tasty title to use when talking about it. Thanks to the Web 2.0 Summit, Google CEO Eric Schmidt found it timely to mention that that Android Gingerbread 2.3 will support ‘near-field-communications to read RFID tags as well as communicate with other phones, payment systems and other possible applications.’ The word on the street is that Apple are developing this technology too for use in the next generation of iPhone. I can imagine it now. Apple iPhone adverts factually implying that contactless payment is their [...]
So if you live in China you might find the title of this post a little misleading because the plan’s afoot for a Chinese release sometime soon. However, Big-L have apparently stated that they will not release an Android tablet in the US until Android 3.x aka Honeycomb. According to Techradar, Honeycomb is not due until Q1 2011. What is a little surprising about this news is that Gingerbread is touted as the main ‘tablet-friendly’ Android release, and as such one would think that Lenovo would be keen to get in on the action. After all, the Samsung Tab and iPad are eating up the market at the moment (among others). [...]
Phandroid have written an exclusive on the forthcoming version of Android, Gingerbread. It’s a bit of an essay if I’m brutally honest so I thought I would summarize it here.
The major points are the rumored Video Calling, and VoiP support. The other obvious thing to note, and something we have noted before, is that the user interface is alleged to receive an overhaul. This is a contentious issue since Android is a commodity as far as OEMs are concerned and right now the UI is pretty much the only way HTC and Samsung can differentiate themselves from one another. With that said, if the UI was so good HTC and [...]
Android Police are supporting a rumor that is quite exciting. Apparently the Gingerbread SDK will be released soon, and with it a host of information about what this latest release of Android is going to do.
The application inferface will reveal a lot of the new functionality afforded by this iteration of the OS, and furthermore we should have access to a new emulator showing us what the basic Gingerbroad version of Android will look like. It still is not 100% clear as to whether this will be Android 2.5 or 3.0, so again, another minor point could be resolved with this release of the updated SDK.
[Source: Android Police]
So why has Froyo not already landed on HTC’s Desire, Legend and Wildfire handsets? In an interview with Pocket-lint at the Qualcomm Uplinq convention in San Diego, USA, HTC’s global PR and online community manager (Eric Lin) explains why.
In short, it is because every HTC application requires a port to Froyo. The saving grace is that the update from 2.1 to 2.2 is less servere in terms of coding required changes.
“It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices”, said Lin. “That’s not like a one week kind [...]
Yesterday the rumor-mill went into overdrive and ground up so much finely processed rumour from which to feed the masses I think everyone lost their way a little bit. Thankfully it is a new day and with that comes some perspective. It all started when Mobile-review.com’s Eldar Murtazin spilled all the Android 3.0 Gingerbread beans yesterday on a Russian podcast titled Digestiv.
The most notable claims are that Android 3.0 will come in the middle of October for a November launch with some devices. According to multiple sources, Android 3.0 will feature a totally revamped UI, but the minimum requirements include a [...]
Rumors have been swirling about Google’s next update to the Android OS, 3.0 Gingerbread. We have heard that the release would come in Q4 and now we have something even more specific, a mid-October release date, possibly the 15th or 16th.
Other details from Rumor Czar Eldar Murtazin Russian podcast include a revamped UI (user interface), new 1280×760 resolution availability for devices with 4-inch displays or higher, 1GHz CPU minimum, and a possible split of Android; 3.0 for high end devices and 2.1/2.2 for the masses. I guess we will just have to wait and see if this new info is true.
[via UnWired View]