The update to Android 2.3 that we have been hearing is coming has finally arrived alright but unfortunately what we have got is a bit less than what we have been expecting. The update from the Android 2.2 Froyo to its latest iteration, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread is as minor as the number would suggest as the entire thing has turned out to be just an incremental development over the Froyo.
Amidst claims of the Gingerbread being the fastest Android version ever, what really comes our way is a host of improvements over the Froyo such as improved support for cut and paste (which is a lot like what you get in an iPhone), faster text input, better gyroscope support that leads to improvement in orientation changes, improved download manager as well as a new task manager. The keyboard too is new that now supports multitouch.
Among features that have been included in Android for the first time are internet telephony, near-field communications, support for front facing cameras and integrated VoIP while the Gingerbread version as a whole seems to be more centered around open media format, tool support for content creators and development of games.
However, while this means there will be a surge in the development of better quality games (not a bad thing in itself), what is missing though is support for tablet like devices, something that the upgrade from Froyo was believed it would be. Instead, the next major upgrade that would be tablet specific has been pushed back to Honeycomb that would be suited to tablet like devices. And it won’t be Android 2.4 this time but a whole 3.0 to indicate it would be a major upgrade for Android.
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