Gingerbread on Android

Gingerbread on Android

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 Samsung (etc.) couldn’t do any better than it would mean they would have to spend even more R&D into better differentiating build quality and this can only be a good thing for the consumer. Anyway, to avoid writing my own essay on the subject let’s move on.

The interface differences seem to be fairly limited at the moment, and will be most noticeable on the notification bar. Apparently Google are spending time hoping to achieve what Windows have done with WP7, making applications feel like an extension to the OS as opposed to standalone pieces of software that do not fit together. YouTube is supposed to be an example of this when it launches. New SIP functionality to Google Talk will allow you to receive calls via VoiP or normal cellular towers directly to your Google Talk account. Nothing groundbreaking, but Skype, watchout.

For a full account check out the source.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.