Android Gingerbread

Android tips & tricks list released for 2.3 Gingerbread

Google has released a list of tips and tricks for Android devices, particularly useful for those buyers picking up a new Nexus S ahead of the holidays. The list includes old favorites like mobile hotspot functionality but also some newer text-entry tricks; for instance, the space-bar lights up in 2.3 when the phone can auto-complete your word. Many of these will be well-known - especially if you've read our Google Nexus S review - but there might be one or two tricks you've not spotted. Plus, Google has put together a list of apps that every new Android owner should be downloading.

Google Nexus S unboxing & hands-on [Video]

Google's new Nexus S isn't expected to hit the US market until December 16, but the Android Community review unit has just dropped onto the test bench. Google's second own-brand device, the Nexus S will eventually be used to push NFC when the short-range wireless technology gains sufficient momentum, but is initially the launch platform for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread confirms Samsung India

Samsung UK weren't confident on Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for the Galaxy S, but Samsung India aren't so reticent. The country division's Twitter team has been assuring Galaxy S users that their smartphones will indeed get Gingerbread firmware (well, "Gingerbeard" but we're guessing that's a typo). There's no timeline for the firmware's release - it's not even out for the Nexus One yet, and the new Nexus S isn't due until December 16 - but hopefully it'll be faster than Froyo took to arrive. [via Unwired View]

Samsung coy on Galaxy S Gingerbread update despite apparent hardware compatibility

Samsung is proving cagey on whether the Galaxy S family of smartphones will see an official upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, blaming system requirements and "the overall effect of such [an] Update to Samsung products" - among other things - for the uncertainty. That's according to a Samsung spokesperson pestered by Pocket-lint, who basically surmised that the possibility of an update was still being decided.
"In case a new version of Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation of such new version to the existing Samsung products with Android operating system ("Update"). Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors" Samsung UK
Meanwhile Google's lead Android developer, Dan Morrill, has confirmed that the hardware requirements of Gingerbread "are similar" to those of Froyo, and that the platform "has never had hard processor" minimum specifications. If Samsung decides not to release Gingerbread for the Galaxy S, it seems like it would be more for reasons of keeping the new Nexus S differentiated rather than for anything technical. [via Engadget]

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Features and List of What’s New

Hooray because today's the day. Google's released not only the Nexus S with Samsung, but Gingerbread as well. This version of the Android mobile OS offers speed! Not only that though, as you're soon to find out, there's wild additions too! Nothing so big your eyeballs will explode, but close! There's a new keyboard, a new text selection tool, gyroscope support, power management improvements, VoIP/SIP calling, improved copy and paste, support for NFC technology, and more!

Nexus S Review and Rundown by TechCrunch

Correctly referring to it as "the reference phone for this generation of Android," our friends at TechCrunch have begun their review of the Google Nexus S, the next generation smartphone released with direct design input from the Google Android team. This phone was built on the bones of the Nexus One, and will be available to purchase at Best Buy in the USA through T-Mobile and at Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. - available on December 16th of this year (in ten days!) with pre-orders taken sooner. Significantly faster than Nexus One, slightly heavier than the Galaxy S, and slightly thicker, wider, taller, and with a bigger screen than iPhone 4.

Playstation Phone Previewed in Two Clear Videos: Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Gameless

Hooray look at that! Some dude on the other side of the world has a Playstation phone (otherwise known as Zeus Z1), and he (or I suppose it could be a she) put up two videos of it working. Here you'll see quite a few fine features like the slick new Android 2.3 Gingerbread interface, the super sensually smooth sliding of the back panel becoming game controls, and the big S in square in the center of the controller. Pay close attention to the moment the screen turns to the Android version, I know that even though you knew what it'll say, you'll still be excited to see it.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread User Interface Demonstration [in Cantonese]

Oh joyous day! Another look at Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the ever-so-slight changes it will entail. In this video demonstrating Google Voice Search in Cantonese, you'll notice that the system being used on the smartphone is none other than the soon-to-be-released Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This is an official Google video demonstrating Google Voice Search specifically, and it's unclear whether they meant to "leak" the look at Gingerbread or not.

Acer CEO Speaks on Their Wait for Honeycomb, Google Chrome OS

Just before Thanksgiving there was a blast of announcements about tablets Acer would be releasing, all of them set to be released not upon announcement, like some companies I'm sure you can think of, but in the future when Android's Honeycomb OS is available. Speaking with the fine folks over at Mobilized (by Ina Friend), he let the world know that although they could, right now, release a slew of tablets with Froyo or soon Gingerbread, they've decided to hold back until the tablet-based OS is ready to go. He also noted that "when it comes to productivity," he sees "full-blown" Windows as everyone's best option, noting how their new dual-screen tablet will feature Windows 7.

Gingerbread Confirmed Today, working on Nexus S, as Presented by Google CEO Eric Schmidt at Web 2.0

So if you were watching a live stream of (or were AT) the Web 2.0 Conference 2010 listening to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, you saw him whip out not only the new legendary super secret phone, but Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well. Amongst the new features included in the Gingerbread update are support for NFC enhanced device interaction and RFID tags. Buying things with your phone, attempting (without saying it,) to get to that point before Apple fully arrives. Schmidt noted that this technology (using NFC and RFID to pay for everything) will eventually replace the credit card. Gingerbread, Schmidt says, will be rolling out in the next few weeks.
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