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Android 2.3 Gingerbread officially released


Google has officially released Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is based on Android 2.6.35. The update includes several new features and improvements for both users and developers.

Check out the detailed changes of Android 2.3 Gingerbread below:

Updated user interface for simplicity and speed

The user interface has been refined in many ways across the operating system, making it easier to learn, faster to use and more power-efficient. A simplified visual theme of colors against black brings vividness and contrast to the notification bar, menus, and other parts of the UI. Changes in menus and settings make it easier for the user to navigate and control the features of the system and device.



Support for extra-large screen sizes and resolutions (WXGA and higher)


Native support for SIP VoIP internet telephony

The user can make voice calls over the internet to other users who have SIP accounts. The user can add an internet calling number (a SIP address) to any Contact and can initiate a call from Quick Contact or Dialer. To use internet calling, the user must create an account at the SIP provider of their choice — SIP accounts are not provided as part of the internet calling feature. Additionally, support for the platform's SIP and internet calling features on specific devices is determined by their manufacturers and associated carriers.

Faster, more intuitive text input in virtual keyboard, with improved accuracy, better suggested text and voice input mode

The Android soft keyboard is redesigned and optimized for faster text input and editing. The keys themselves are reshaped and re-positioned for improved targeting, making them easier to see and press accurately, even at high speeds. The keyboard also displays the current character and dictionary suggestions in a larger, more vivid style that is easier to read.

The keyboard adds the capability to correct entered words from suggestions in the dictionary. As the user selects a word already entered, the keyboard displays suggestions that the user can choose from, to replace the selection. The user can also switch to voice input mode to replace the selection. Smart suggestions let the user accept a suggestion and then return to correct it later, if needed, from the original set of suggestions.

New multitouch key-chording lets the user quickly enter numbers and symbols by pressing Shift+<letter> and ?123+<symbol>, without needing to manually switch input modes. From certain keys, users can also access a popup menu of accented characters, numbers, and symbols by holding the key and sliding to select a character.


Enhanced copy/paste functionality, allowing users to select a word by press-hold, copy, and paste

When entering text or viewing a web page, the user can quickly select a word by press-hold, then copy to the clipboard and paste. Pressing on a word enters a free-selection mode — the user can adjust the selection area as needed by dragging a set of bounding arrows to new positions, then copy the bounded area by pressing anywhere in the selection area. For text entry, the user can slide-press to enter a cursor mode, then re-position the cursor easily and accurately by dragging the cursor arrow. With both the selection and cursor modes, no use of a trackball is needed.




Support for Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing the user to read an NFC tag embedded in a poster, sticker, or advertisement

An NFC Reader application lets the user read and interact with near-field communication (NFC) tags. For example, the user can “touch” or “swipe” an NFC tag that might be embedded in a poster, sticker, or advertisement, then act on the data read from the tag. A typical use would be to read a tag at a restaurant, store, or event and then rate or register by jumping to a web site whose URL is included in the tag data. NFC communication relies on wireless technology in the device hardware, so support for the platform's NFC features on specific devices is determined by their manufacturers.

New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost


New Download Manager, giving users easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email, or another application

The Downloads application gives the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email, or another application. Downloads is built on an completely new download manager facility in the system that any other applications can use, to more easily manage and store their downloads.


Support for multiple cameras on the device, including a front-facing camera, if available

The application now lets the user access multiple cameras on the device, including a front-facing camera, if available.


Improved power management with a more active role in managing apps that are keeping the device awake for too long

The Android system takes a more active role in managing apps that are keeping the device awake for too long or that are consuming CPU while running in the background. By managing such apps — closing them if appropriate — the system helps ensure best possible performance and maximum battery life.



The system also gives the user more visibility over the power being consumed by system components and running apps. The Application settings provides an accurate overview of how the battery is being used, with details of the usage and relative power consumed by each component or application.

You can check out the highlights of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the official video from Google



For information on the enhancement the update brings for developers and API related information check here.

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