Most Android Phones out there are rocking Android 2.2, or Froyo. While decent, most are wanting to get their hands on Gingerbread, or Android 2.3 on their phone of choice as soon as possible. With all of this being said, many are wondering what the main differences are between what they have right now, and what they can expect (and look forward to) as soon as they can get Gingerbread goodness on their device.
Android 2.2 Froyo was released in May 2010 and Android 2.3 the Gingerbread was released on 6th Dec 2010. The user experience has been substantially improved and there are tons of new features to enjoy in Gingerbread.
The new features of Gingerbread are great new UI themes, a substantially improved touchscreen keyboard in both landscape and portrait mode, new copy and paste functionality, improved power management which means much better battery life, better application management, new download manager, NFC (Near Field Communication), support for VoIP/SIP calls, new Camera application for accessing multiple cameras and support for ever larger screens.
In addition to standard voice calling, Android 2.3 supports for SIP audio and video calling. If you have a good 3G or Wi-Fi connection and a SIP account you can make some decent internet calls. Most don’t have SIP or VOIP setup, aside from Skype or Fring, but it can and will offer significant savings to international jet-setter types.
From as far as we can tell Android 2.3 handles it in a better way than Android 2.2. With 2.3 the OS manages the applications and daemon application which are running at the background and closes or pauses unnecessary applications that still need to remain active.
Android 2.2 (Froyo) supports the following features:
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) supports the following features in addition to existing 2.2 features:
Top 5 Things to look forward to with Android 2.3 Gingerbread:
So, in a nutshell, you have a lot of great stuff to look forward to. In particular the improved power management that Gingerbread offers is going to improve your experience in many ways. You can also look forward to longer, more secure downloads on your Android Phone. Additionally, the multitouch keyboard is a joy to use, and could potentially silence many of the physical QWERTY keyboard lovers out there. Only time will tell of course, but it’s quite apparent that Android 2.3 is a huge improvement over 2.2 and the difference between heaven and hell for those still on 2.1 or lower.