What Are the Main Differences Between Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread?

by: Darcy LaCouveeJanuary 11, 2011
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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.

Power Management:

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:

  • Integration of Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine into the Browser application
  • Advanced Microsoft Exchange support
  • Wi-Fi hotspot functionality
  • Voice dialing and contact sharing over Bluetooth
  • Support for file upload fields in the Browser application
  • Animated GIFs supported in browser.
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 supported
  • Support for extra high DPI screens

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) supports the following features in addition to existing 2.2 features:

  • New user interface design with new themes
  • Extra Large Screen Size supported
  • SIP Communication Supported (SIP Video and Audio Calling, In an operator point of view, this is feature will decrease their voice calling revenue where as user can call each other for lower rates or even free if they have good data connection)
  • Supports for NFC (High Frequency High Speech Data Transfer in short range)
  • Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding
  • New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost
  • Improved Copy and Paste functionality
  • Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
  • Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers
  • New sensors support (i.e gyroscope)
  • Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
  • Enhanced support for native code
  • Improved power management and application control
  • Support for multiple cameras

Top 5 Things to look forward to with Android 2.3 Gingerbread:

  • The new on-screen keyboard: Many of us have strayed away from the default Android keyboard for varying reasons but many users keep it not wanting a 3rd party option. Now users will be presented with a more refined keyboard with faster input, intuitive typing, and a better cut/paste interface.
  • Streamlined user interface: The overall Android UI has been refined with a more appealing color scheme and the entire platform has been improved across the board.
  • Application and power management: Android 2.3 will offer the user a superior understanding of what is running in the background and potentially draining their battery so that they can decide which applications to run.
  • Internet calling: VOIP is undoubtedly the future for those with good or unlimited mobile data plans, and many VOIP carriers are a better option for the average user. Android 2.3 has VOIP integrated directly into the OS.
  • Download management: You will now finally be able to view and manage all of your downloads in a single place, which is a must-have for power users.

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.

Via the Android Phone

  • Uhhh, black does NOT necessarily improve battery life, especially on LCDs…

  • Bill

    Great; judging by the experience with Froyo, the Samsung Galaxy S series should get this by March of 2012

  • paul anthony

    Is there a way to get it for our phone ahead of a normal upgrade? I am on a standard 2.2FR now but sounds like the 2.3 has a lot of good features but I am not sure how to get it.

    • Hello Paul,

      I’m not sure what phone you have. You could try rooting your phone and then install separate components of Gingerbread afterward. Not the easiest mind you, but at least you could do it this way. Otherwise, you will just have to wait for your phone manufacturer/carrier to update you with the most recent iteration of Android.

      Hope this helps.


  • paul anthony

    Thanks Darcy, I have the original Droid. I bought it on Day 1 and have been through the upgrades since then and like them each time. I hesitate to root my phone only because I depend on it so much. I don’t the luxury of bricking my phone if something goes wrong. But it would give me an excuse to get a Droid X I suppose, but I’d hate to HAVE to do it for stupid reasons…..
    I’ll read a bit deeper and see if there’s a safe way to try out the new features ahead of the full upgrade.

    • Hi Paul,

      I have the same phone. I still think it’s a great phone. So, when it comes to rooting, it’s easier than you think actually. Set aside an hour or two, and you can definitely root your Droid without much hassle.

      Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind. You should backup all of your contacts, and it’s actually quite simple to back up your applications too. I will write a post for you tomorrow to give you a nice, easy walkthrough!

      Thanks for visiting the site.

  • Justin

    My main question is does 2.3 have adobe flash support.

    • Darcy Alexander

      Absolutely, it does have Flash 10.1 support.

      Hope that helps.

    • Adi_khan

      Daft prick, wtf is wrong with you?

  • Justin

    It definitely does! Thanks!

  • vijay daniels

    does 2.3 add flash support to lg optimus one P500?

  • vijay daniels

    does it improve the performance of optimus one P500?

  • Colin

    how can i upgrade from 2.2 to 2.3 on my lg optimus 2x ?…coz wen I tried to just update the phone’s software…I got a new LG update but not a android update..it still remained at 2.2…any suggestions ? ?

    • Walton Flowers

      You may have to root your phone to get it do. i have tried the LG update program and it failed. but i will warn you once you updat it to 2.3 your camera app has be downgrade. not as much options as before on 2.2

  • Zadi001

    is there any way to install flash player in samsung glaxy ace?????

  • Jibinphilip007

    Hai… I am using samsung galaxy S. I need to upgrade android 2.2 to 2.3. Can anyone help me please??

    • Sean Laporte

      Get Samsung Kies

  • Soumik

    I Am using Galaxy Fit….I am much satisfied with froyo….but if oppurtunity comes I will surely obtain Gingerbread….

  • medosaudy

    I installed the 2.3.3 on my tab.. it’s super fast and without forced close..

  • Ronahi_2

    should i upgrade my samsung infuse to gingerbread?

  • Partha

    I purchased a chinese tablet with android 2.2.2. and whenever I turn wifi it gives error. I am retired from service just trying to learn android. What is your advice ? Should i resinstall 2.2.2 or go to 2.3.3. In any case, you have to guide me step by step. Thanks a lot