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.
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Uhhh, black does NOT necessarily improve battery life, especially on LCDs…
Great; judging by the experience with Froyo, the Samsung Galaxy S series should get this by March of 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
My main question is does 2.3 have adobe flash support.
Absolutely, it does have Flash 10.1 support.
Hope that helps.
Daft prick, wtf is wrong with you?
It definitely does! Thanks!
does 2.3 add flash support to lg optimus one P500?
does it improve the performance of optimus one P500?
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 ? ?
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
is there any way to install flash player in samsung glaxy ace?????
Hai… I am using samsung galaxy S. I need to upgrade android 2.2 to 2.3. Can anyone help me please??
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I Am using Galaxy Fit….I am much satisfied with froyo….but if oppurtunity comes I will surely obtain Gingerbread….
I installed the 2.3.3 on my tab.. it’s super fast and without forced close..
should i upgrade my samsung infuse to gingerbread?
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