The Android Gingerbread is the yummy new offering that will come our way early 2011! It shall rid us of all our current Tablet PC woes, so we may live happily ever after. At least, that’s what is being made out of the next iteration of the open source Android OS whose current version, the Android 2.2 Froyo isn’t suited to deliver optimum performance in a tablet device as its real forte is with smartphones. Google too isn’t making any qualms about this and this is also the reason why many tablet manufacturers using the Froyo have been barred from accessing the Android Market.
To begin with, the graphics and the entire user interface is tipped for a major upgrade and though there isn’t any proof of whether that has been done, insiders do point out things are a lot more smooth and fast with Gingerbread. The apps have been worked upon to make them more streamlined with the OS, something that will make them look and feel a natural extension of the OS and not as if they have been pasted on them. There are also reports of Google adopting Green as the official color scheme for Gingerbread.
Another important addition to the Gingerbread will be the inclusion of video chat as a part of Android 3.0. Obviously, Google is aiming at Apple’s FaceTime with this. Google Voice Wi-Fi calling is also likely to be made integral to the Gingerbread that will ensure the newt Android version’s easy implementation on tablet PCs.
Among the other important changes expected with Gingerbread is the notifications bar that will have a slate grey look to it while the lists now bounce as you hit the bottom or top, akin to the iOS or Windows Phone though there is an orange glow now that is present at the boundaries as well.
With the Gingerbread, Google is insisting on a minimum hardware specification of a 1GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM. The OS will support higher resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels for devices having display area of 4 inches or more. (Google though have claimed the 1 Ghz processor along with 512 MB of RAM is only the recommended and not the minimum requirement.)
The Gingerbread is likely to be ready by end 2010 or early 2011. There are even rumors of the Gingerbread SDK might be released this week itself though these are anything but strictly rumors.
In the meantime, Google has already announced there new version of Android post Gingerbread will be Ice Cream. Well, things are getting more enticing for sure.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email