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The HTC Thunderbolt and EVO 4G smartphones could get upgraded to the Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system by no later than the end of June, according to a TalkAndroid reader who sent in a message allegedly from an HTC representative.
Despite bountiful company resources, both device manufacturers like HTC and wireless carriers have been dragging their feet when it comes to upgrading their devices to the latest OS, which has been available for nearly six months.
Meanwhile, the hacker community has managed to push unofficial Gingerbread upgrades to the majority of smart phones running older versions of Android natively. The only device that officially runs Gingerbread at the moment is Samsung’s Nexus S, which was made in partnership with Google to run a pure version of the OS without any carrier alterations.
Justifiably, Android phone owners are pissed off that the updates aren’t coming any faster.
Unlike older versions of the iPhone, most Android phones have sufficient hardware requirements to support timely OS updates. However, upgrading to Gingerbread isn’t good for the bottom line of either the carriers or hardware manufacturers, who would rather you buy newer devices featuring Gingerbread instead of getting the update for free.
Google unveiled Android 2.3, codename Gingerbread at the end of last year and the Nexus S by Samsung was the first device to get a taste of the delicious Gingerbread. But what about the rest of the world not fortunate enough to land themselves a Nexus S?
Computer World has thrown together a brilliant list of just about every device you can think of and some notes on each device’s hopes for Gingerbread. Everything from the Xperia X10 to the HTC Thunderbolt is covered, so chances are you can glean some information from their well-researched database.
We do, however, want to stress that a lot of the information given is based on rumors and you definitely want to take those lightly because more often than we’d like, rumors turn out to be untrue. Hit the source link below to take a look at the full list from Computer World.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones That Have Received (or Are Receiving) Gingerbread
• HTC Nexus One: After a longer-than-expected delay – from users’ perspectives, at least – Google started sending the Android 2.3 upgrade to its Nexus One flagship phone on February 22, 2011.
• Samsung Nexus S: Though the Nexus S shipped with Android 2.3 already installed, the device received an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.3.3 in late February. The 2.3.3 update enabled new Near Field Communications capabilities and included a handful of other minor tweaks.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Expected to Get Gingerbread
• LG Optimus 2X: The LG Optimus 2X – known in the U.S. as the T-Mobile G2X – is confirmed to be in-line for the Android 2.3 upgrade. No specific launch date has been announced so far.
• LG Optimus Black: Despite the fact that it ships with Froyo, LG’s upcoming Optimus Black smartphone will eventually enjoy the taste of Gingerbread, LG has confirmed. No specific date has been announced.
• LG Optimus One: LG has confirmed that all of its Optimus One phones will receive the Android 2.3 upgrade at some point in the foreseeable future. This includes the Optimus S on Sprint, the Optimus T on T-Mobile, and the LG Vortex on Verizon, as well as the Optimus C on Cricket Wireless, the Optimus M on MetroPCS, the Optimus U on U.S. Cellular, and the Optimus V on Virgin Mobile. LG has not announced any specific time frame for the Gingerbread rollout, saying only that details will be "announced locally in due course."
• HTC Desire: HTC says its original Desire Android phone will receive the Android 2.3 upgrade, according to a spokesperson quoted in tech blog SlashGear. The update is said to be scheduled for sometime in the second quarter. British carrier Three also sent a tweet in early April stating that Gingerbread was "coming in for testing" on April 4 and should be sent out to users around the "end of April" or "early May"; a follow-up tweet sent by Three on April 5 said the upgrade was "expected in the next couple of weeks" but that no firm date could be provided.
• HTC Desire HD: HTC has gone on the record as saying its European Desire HD phone will feast on Gingerbread sometime in the second quarter of 2011. Some French sites have reported that the upgrade could come as early as April, though that timing has not been officially confirmed.
• HTC Desire Z: The Desire Z is on-track to get Gingerbread, according to an HTC spokesperson quoted at SlashGear. The Desire Z’s update is said to be scheduled for sometime in the second quarter.
• HTC Droid Incredible: According to an email said to be from an HTC rep and published by Android blog Droid-Life.com, the HTC Droid Incredible is set to receive the Gingerbread upgrade. The email says the upgrade will be made available "before the end of the second quarter of this year." Neither HTC nor Verizon has officially confirmed that information.
• HTC EVO 4G: While Sprint and HTC have stayed fairly quiet on the EVO’s Gingerbread status, the phone certainly seems poised to receive an Android 2.3 upgrade. A small tech blog, citing a conversation with an HTC employee at the CTIA mobile tech show in March, suggests the upgrade could arrive sometime after the launch of HTC’s new EVO 3D device. An email purportedly sent from HTC and leaked to another website, meanwhile, points to a possible second quarter rollout.
• HTC G2 [UPDATED 4/8/11]: HTC has confirmed its T-Mobile G2 will get Gingerbread. The phone is on-track to receive the upgrade sometime in the second quarter of this year, an HTC representative tells me.
• HTC Incredible S: The HTC Incredible S – rumored to be headed to Verizon as the Droid Incredible 2 – will be bumped to Gingerbread "soon after" its release, according to HTC. A company spokesperson has been quoted as saying the Android 2.3 upgrade (or possibly Android 2.4 upgrade) will be rolled out sometime in the second quarter of 2011. Some rumors have suggested the Verizon version could arrive with Gingerbread already intact, but that information has not been confirmed.
• HTC Thunderbolt: An email said to be from an HTC rep and published at Android blog Droid-Life.com claims the HTC Thunderbolt will get its Android 2.3 upgrade sometime in the second quarter of 2011.
• Motorola Atrix 4G: Motorola has indicated it plans to upgrade its AT&T-based Atrix 4G phone to Android 2.3 at some point in the future. No specific date, however, has been announced.
• Motorola Droid 2: While we’ve heard no official word about Android 2.3 upgrade plans for Motorola’s Droid 2, some Android blogs have posted leaked versions of a Gingerbread update apparently customized for the phone. It’s not entirely clear if the update is official or final, but many Android enthusiasts are taking it as a sign that something is a-cookin’.
• Motorola Droid X: Numerous rumors have circulated in the blogosphere about possible Gingerbread rollouts for Verizon’s Motorola Droid X, with the latest having pointed to March 27 as the day to watch. That date, of course, didn’t end up panning out – but leaked versions of the Android 2.3 software apparently customized for the Droid X do add weight to the notion that an update is in the works.
• Samsung Galaxy Player: It isn’t technically a phone, but Samsung’s new Galaxy Player Android device will be upgradeable to Android 2.3, according to a press release put out by the company. No target date has been announced.
• Samsung Galaxy S [UPDATED 4/7/11]: All signs point to Gingerbread being in the cards for Samsung’s popular Galaxy S line of phones. That includes the Samsung Captivate on AT&T, Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint, Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Samsung Fascinate on Verizon (which as of now has yet to even receive Froyo). Rumors started popping up in January that some Galaxy S phones could see an Android 2.3 upgrade as early as March or April. Samsung’s official Samsung Mobile India Twitter account, meanwhile, has stated numerous times that the Galaxy S will receive Gingerbread – version 2.3.3 – but that a definite launch date has not been set. Samsung’s Romanian Facebook page has issued similar promises. In late March, software said to be a leaked version of Samsung’s official Galaxy S Gingerbread update surfaced on an Android developers’ forum, heightening speculation that a rollout could be near. In addition to all of that, Samsung’s Finnish site has now posted a news release stating that Gingerbread will reach Galaxy S handsets "in mid-April."
• Sony Xperia X10: Sony disappointed countless customers when it said its Xperia X10 line of phones wouldn’t be upgraded past Android 2.1 earlier this year. Now, however, Sony has reconsidered its stance and said it will upgrade the Xperia X10 to Android 2.3. According to a company blog posted in late March, Android 2.3 – 2.3.3, to be specific – will hit Xperia X10 phones late in the second quarter or early in the third quarter of 2011. Before you get too excited, though, note that Sony says the upgrade will be delivered to "generic trade versions" of the phone – and that carrier-customized versions may or may not be included. "We will have to get back with more information on this at a later stage," Sony says, "but we want to be very clear already at this stage on the fact that some of you may not get this upgrade." Sony also notes that Xperia X10 phones will not be upgraded again beyond the Gingerbread level.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Where Gingerbread Looks Iffy
• Motorola Backflip: Neither Motorola nor AT&T has said a word about the Backflip even receiving Froyo – so while there’s no official denial of Gingerbread for the device, a 2.3 upgrade certainly doesn’t seem like a strong possibility.
• Motorola Cliq: Motorola accidentally announced a Froyo upgrade for the original Cliq last fall, then quickly deleted the apparently typo-caused mention. Since that time, the phone has been stagnant at the 2.1-level on Motorola’s corporate upgrade list – a sign that isn’t very encouraging when it comes to the newer 2.3 release.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Not Expected To Get Gingerbread
• HTC Droid Eris: Verizon has confirmed that its HTC Droid Eris device will not receive even the Froyo upgrade. The phone is no longer sold by the carrier.
• HTC G1: The T-Mobile G1 was denied Froyo due to hardware limitations, and the same restrictions will keep Gingerbread from officially reaching the device. "Like Froyo, Gingerbread is too large to fit on the G1’s system storage," Android team member Dan Morrill explained via Twitter.
• HTC Hero: The Hero got a "no" for Froyo, so it seems safe to say the phone won’t be receiving Gingerbread, either.
• Motorola Charm: The Charm will not receive upgrades beyond its current 2.1 level, according to Motorola.
• Motorola Cliq XT: Motorola said Froyo "could not meet the basic performance standards required" while running on its Cliq XT device. As such, the phone is now set to remain at Android 1.5, the company has confirmed.
• Motorola Devour: Motorola says the Devour will remain on Android 1.6.
• Motorola Flipout: The Flipout will not receive upgrades beyond its current 2.1 level, according to Motorola.
• Motorola i1: The Motorola i1 will remain on Android 1.5, Moto says.
• Motorola Milestone XT720: Motorola has said its XT720 tablet phone won’t be upgraded beyond its current 2.1 level.
• Samsung Behold II: Samsung has confirmed its Behold II handset won’t be upgraded beyond Android 1.6.
• Samsung Moment: Like the HTC Hero, the Moment was given a no-go for Froyo and consequently isn’t likely to receive Gingerbread.
• Sony Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro: Though it changed its mind on its upgrade stance for the Xperia X10, Sony says it’s sticking to its guns with the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro; neither device is scheduled to receive the Android 2.3 upgrade. "We have had to prioritize our resources and have therefore focused on delivering the upgrade to Xperia X10," Sony says.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: The Rest of the Phones
If a phone isn’t listed here – like the original Motorola Droid, for example – it’s likely because there just isn’t much clear info available yet about its fate. Odds are, we’ll soon be hearing more and more details with each passing week.
We’ve been sent a message by HTC asking us to update our notes here about the HTC EVO View 4G. Apparently when we reported yesterday that Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G was to ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, they’d jumped the gun on their website, which is where the whole world looks for solid info. Now consider this: what does Gingerbread mean for the world of Android phones? HTC EVO View 4G will certainly be upgraded to Android 3.0 Honeycomb soon after it’s released, but does this mean the Gingerbread wave is finally upon us?
What I speak of is of course a combination of the fact that Google doesn’t release its source code all at once, instead choosing a hero device with which they can wow the world, then moving on to the lowly peasants who all get it at the same time. You’re aware of the Nexus S, I’m sure, but did you know that there was another candidate in the Xperia PLAY?
Have a look at a story by the name of Playstation phone confirmed as former Gingerbread hero phone and consider this: with so few phones on the market this moment with Gingerbread and now both the Nexus S and Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY out there, does the HTC EVO View 4G with Gingerbread, again, show itself as a sign of the Gingpocalypse?
The popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone will receive the latest Gingerbread update according to Three’s Twitter feed where a post mentions that the update is expected to come within the next couple of weeks but that they cannot yet confirm a date.
We saw Android OS 2.3.4 popping in our Google Analytics logs, aversion which was also powering the Sprint Nexus S 4G (the successor of the Nexus One and build by Samsung) towards the end of March 2011.
The Galaxy S, like the HTC Desire, can be purchased for as little as £18 per month on a two year contract on Talkmobile with 300 minutes, 1000 texts and an unlimited data allowance (subject to fair usage).
For those looking for an uber-cheap package, there’s an 18-month contract with 100 minutes, 100 texts and unlimited data allowance for £20.42 per month (or just over £360 for the duration of the contract) via Buymobilephones.
Given that the phone itself costs around £320, it is a smashing deal. Unfortunately, the cheapest such deal from 3 was a £28 per month on a two year contract with 900 minutes, 5000 minutes and a mere 1GB data.
As for the phone, it is just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab but only smaller, with less onboard memory and a better camera. There’s a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, a 4-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, HD video recording capabilities, DLNA support and weighing only 118g.
Specifications and bunch of photos of Android powered HTC Pyramid have leaked again. This time the credit of this leak goes to guys at XDA-Developers, who have completely exposed this Smartphone’s hardware and software. From these leaked photos we can see that the HTC Pyramid features HTC’s aluminum uni-body and have resemblance to HTC EVO 3D as respect to its features except 3D. The photos further reveal that there is HTC Sense version 3.0 on-board and along with it there is an Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread for the operating system.
There are still no words on when this device will be out and what it will cost though Pocketnow claims that he has been tipped that this Android Smartphone will land on T-Mobile in the USA. However take a look at the leaked specifications and photos below and let us know what you think about this Smartphone by your comments in the comment box below.
HTC Pyramid Specifications
Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, a huge 4.3-inch qHD display of 960×540 pixels, an 8 mega-pixel camera most probably capable of 1080p video capture plus a VGA front-facing camera and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
We caught a glimpse of the HTC Pyramid a few days back from pocketnow.com, and now a tipster sent in some nice, CLEAR images of the Pyramid in all its glory…ok, maybe not ALL its glory, but close right? At least these images show more than the body in a blurred state of confusion.
As reported earlier, this bad boy will be 4.3 inches in display size, under the hood comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor, 8 megapixel camera on the rear, 1.3 on the front, Android 2.3.2 to start with at launch, and HTC Sense UI. We still don’t have pricing or a launch date yet, but rest assured we’ll find it…if I have to tear this universe another black hole, I’m going to find it….I’VE GOT TO MISTER!” [via xda-developers]
Sony Ericsson has in its official blog announced that it has plans for a lottery game software upgrade of its Android smartphone Xperia X10 to version Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Despite the fact that at the start of sales Xperia X10 company announced that it is not planning to upgrade this machine to version Android 2.1, which was then topical, Sony Ericsson has revised its plans in this regard. And now she says it is ready to provide an opportunity to try a new "gingerbread" version sometime in the late second – early in the third quarter. In this case, the manufacturer will bypass upgrade to Android 2.2, ie Xperia X10 owners immediately receive Android 2.3.
The HTC Desire and Desire HD on TELUS will receive updates to Gingerbread sometime this Spring, while a TELUS-approved Froyo update for the Motorola Milestone is expected "very soon", according to information provided by the Canadian carrier to MobileSyrup. Other Android update plans include Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, also due in Spring, and Gingerbread for the LG Shine Plus, due in early Summer. The Shine Plus will skip Froyo altogether and receive an update from Eclair straight to Gingerbread.
Gingerbread updates for the Desire series have already been confirmed for Q2 by HTC, but today’s news will reassure TELUS customers that their updates won’t lag too far behind the European and Asian versions. Similarly, European Milestones got their Froyo update today, so it’s not too surprising to hear that a carrier-approved version isn’t far behind.
Rovio, the developer behind the wildly successful Angry Birds franchise, announced on Monday that its forthcoming Android title Angry Birds Rio for Android will launch exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Amazon announced in January that its app store, which will rival Google’s own Android Market on the Android platform, was open for developer submissions. The exclusive deal with Rovio marks Amazon’s first major coup in the space, as the title is expected to be a wildly popular game for Android. “The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.” Rovio also announced that ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons will be available for the first time on the Android platform exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. Hit the break for the full press release.
Angry Birds Rio for Android to Debut Exclusively in the Amazon Appstore
AUSTIN, Texas/ESPOO, Finland – March 14, 2011 – Rovio today announced that the highly anticipated game Angry Birds Rio will be introduced for the Android platform exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, Angry Birds Rio features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming motion picture, RIO. Additionally, for the first time ever on the Android platform, fans of Angry Birds games will have the opportunity to purchase and download ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons. Both will debut only in the Amazon Appstore.
“The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.”
“Amazon is thrilled to work with a leading developer like Rovio in offering our customers Angry Birds Rio for Android exclusively in the Amazon Appstore,” said Aaron Rubenson, category leader for Amazon Appstore. “We think Angry Birds Rio is sure to be an instant customer favorite.”
“Angry Birds Rio is a fun and interactive way to introduce millions of fans to the exciting world of ‘RIO,’ and we are proud to work with both Rovio and Amazon to make this experience available to users on the Android platform,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of new media and digital distribution for Twentieth Century Fox. “The Amazon Appstore will be a great new way for consumers to download all their favorite Android apps, and we’re excited to offer Angry Birds Rio as one of the first pieces of content to be made available to consumers through this new store.”
In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, RIO. From the creators of Fox’s blockbuster ICE AGE motion picture franchise, RIO debuts in theaters worldwide on April 15, 2011. Angry Birds Rio will launch with 60 dedicated levels, with more content to follow via app updates.
Angry Birds Rio will be available for download on Android phones and tablets at amazon.com/angrybirds.
Gingerbread, Google’s next step towards Android’s mobile dominance (both on smartphones and on tablets) has launched with Samsung’s Nexus S in December. Not only did Samsung bring out great hardware, but Google’s also launched the next version of Android with along with it. We review Android “Gingerbread” on T-Mobile’s extraordinarily flexible HD2.
Google hasn’t actually promised much with Gingerbread despite much ferocious speculation online but as far as Android news goes, we’ve had to get used to it. What is promised by Google was improved gaming performance, new UI elements including a new keyboard, and improved battery life and performance, and we’re going to test as many of those claims out as we can.
New Features of android 2.3:
- New refreshed User Interface
- Improved keyboard
- Improved Text Selection and copy-paste
- Near Field Communication Support (NFC)
- VOIP Calling
- New Download Manager integrated to browser,email and other apps.
- Better Power Management
- Faster Processing Speed
- Improved Game Development
Overall the OS has seen a move towards darker and blacker backgrounds with green and orange contrasting colors, including the bounce effect when reaching the bottom of a page. The strong contrast in colors gives Android a greater sense of focus on important parts of what’s going on. The darker colors help conserve power since OLED-based displays don’t consume power when rendering black pixels, because the pixels physically supply the light themselves. Gingerbread seems clearly made for Nexus S or similar devices with high quality, extremely high contrast displays – definitely something we can get used to.
Keyboard improvements include new punctuation keys that opens a box allowing you to slide to select symbol you want which closes the box. It’s an elegant solution to a time-killing set of commands that required opening a secondary keyboard and then closing it after tapping one or two characters out, this small iteration has definitely saved me time. Keyboard’s also been themed to match the darker look, with puncuation keys taking on the orange highlights found when reaching the bottom of menus. Button spacing has seen adjustment with the buttons overall being smaller, allowing for more space in-between them. We’re not sure if it’s benefited our typing, but it certainly looks better doing it.
Android’s UI has seen some marked improvements that focus more on aesthetics than design, and for good reason. Many of the most dramatic changes happening with Android have been happening through application developers taking advantage of Google’s new technologies. Google apps have seen Market updates that, now everyone can get including YouTube, Maps and the Market itself. All update independently of when carriers push out updates, with some Google apps now getting automatic over-the-air updates; which, quite frankly we aren’t exactly thrilled about and wish Google would change soon.
Gingerbread seemed superior in day-to-day use if only because it manages to kill, and keep dead most background processes that Froyo and older versions would keep open which we confirmed with SystemPanel. Less processes were left using CPU cycles when the phone was sleeping, and less things left the phone awake. CPU scaling also seemed more willing over older versions of Android as well.
Icons and Widgets
Not much has changed in terms of icons and the application menu, but many of the stock icons have been recolored to match the green theme found throughout the UI. Highlighted icons are now backed by an orange glow. Before, the entire space for the icon was filled with the orange selector, now the orange is tighter to the icon, however, this may not be so for every third-party application.
You will also find a “Downloads” icon that keeps track of all of your recent downloads. Before, this was hidden deep within the browser and was a pain to navigate to every time you wanted to find something you downloaded. It was easier just to use a third-party file explorer. With this Downloads app, you have the option to easily delete any old downloads too, thanks to the check box and pop-up delete button that appears when you check a file. The Power Control widget has been slightly modified as well, but nothing major. The sync, location, and Wi-Fi button on the widget have been updated and match the other UI changes in the notification bar.
Gaming (to be updated):
Many of the promised improvements in Android were in the gaming department. Unfortunately, the updated Gingerbread SDK features haven’t actually been implemented by any Android game developers yet. We expect the Xperia Play and Playstation Suite devices with Gingerbread to take better advantage of these features whenever they launch.
Application Control (Task Killer Killer)
Along these same lines is a shortcut to “Manage Applications” which you can reach in your options menu. From here, you can indeed view all of your applications, how much power they’re using, and you’ve got the ability to stop any app instantly.
SIP Internet Calling addresses can be added to your contacts list and you can make internet calls via Quick Contact or Dialer. Hooray! Of course you’ll need a SIP account for this to work and these features will be turned off or on depending on what your manufacturer or carrier wants.
A new download manager is in place to work from your browser, email, or other apps. This could be rather helpful I must say so myself.
Multiple cameras can now be accessed from your one new camera app, just by clicking the “select camera” button.
We have to say, we didn’t expect much from Google and it’s probably a good thing. There’s not too much new here; at least not until those SDK features are implemented, and when they are we’ll definitely be updating this review to reflect it with detailed comparisons. Alas, too many changes and they would probably risk alienating developers anyway. UI has been cleaned up across the board and we can’t wait for the future of black-themed Android apps that are coming with it; after all the biggest changes in Android rely on the developers to actually implement the new features and styles.Big changes in Android are coming with Honeycomb and Ice Cream when they launch; and the review will, of course be more in-depth and analytical when there’s something worth analyzing. For a point-release, we applaud Google for many of the changes, but should you upgrade your phone for it? Absolutely not.
For more geek talk, refer to the official vid below…
Concurrent Garbage Collector
Dalivik VM brings you a lovely new way to collect your garbage during gameplay for apps, this bringing along a whole lot smoother and more responsive playing of game-based apps.
Third-party video drivers are introduced to improve OpenGL ES operations and to increase your whole 3D graphics performance experience.
Touch and keyboard events are now handled faster and much more efficiently reducing the amount of CPU used during event distribution. Responsiveness is therefor improved in all apps, especially those with 3D graphics and those that are CPU-intensive.
Along those same lines, apps using native code are now allowed the ability to receive and process input and sensor events right into their native code, improving both responsiveness and efficiency. All supported sensor types can now be received by apps, enabling and disabling of specific sensors is allowed, as is managing of event delivery rate and queing. Native libraries exposed by Gingerbread let apps handle the same kinds of input events as currently available through the framework.
Gyroscrope, rotation vector, gravity, barometer sensors, and linear acceleration
All new sensor types Android 2.3 has added API support for. Open API is added for Native Audio, Khronos OpenSL ES. Gingerbread gives you an interface to its Khronos EGL library allowing apps to manage graphics context as well as manage and create OpenGL ES textures and surfaces from native code.
Native Access to Activity Lifecycle, Windows Management
Native apps are now able to declare a new type of Activity class by the name of NativeActivity, its lifecycle callbacks implemented right direct into the native code. This NativeActivity and its native code run inside the system like other Activities, they running in apps system process and executing on apps main UI thread, receiving the same lifecycle callbacks as the rest of the Activities. Also Native APIs are revealed for managing windows.
Native Access to Storage, Assets
A native Asset Manager API is now accessible by apps, getting rid of the need to go through JNI for retrieving application assets. Streaming decompression is included along this path. Limit to compression no longer exists as far as how much .apk assets can be read, and apps have access to a native Storage Manager API that works directly with OBB files (although Dev tools for managing and creating OBB files wont be available until early 2011.)
Robust Native Development Environment
Android NDK (r5 or higher) gives you now a complete set of tools and toolchains and libraries for helping you develop apps inside Android 2.3.
SIP-based internet telephony features can now be added to apps, Android 2.3 including a full SIP protocol stack and integrated call management service allowing apps easy set-up of incoming and outgoing voice calls (no managing sessions, audio recording, playback, or transport-level communication needed directly).
Near Field Communication capability allows developers access to the new world. Proximity-based info and services for all, using NFC API to respond to NFC tags by touching things like posters, stickers, and other devices. Any number of actions can follow.
Mixable Audio Effects
New audio API allows developers creation of rich audio environments with equalization, bass, headphone virtualization, and reverb. Mixing of multiple effects in local tracks or globally.
Support for New Media Formats
Built in support for VP8 video compression as well as WebM open container format. Also AAC encoding and AMR wideband encoding is included for apps to capture higher quality audio than just narrowband.
Access to Multiple Cameras
New Camera API makes use of as many cameras as are available on the device they’re working for, querying the platform for info on each camera, opening the camera that’s needed. Simple, necessary.
One of the best improvements is, finally, proper copy-and-paste. With previous versions of Android, selecting text was a rather random affair. Now, selections are made by moving bounding arrows in a similar way to the iPhone. This method is available across all applications, and works really well. HTC and Samsung have implemented their own versions of this, but Google’s is neater.