Gingerbread May Refer to Android 2.3, Not Android 3.0
Ever since we first learned the name of “the next version of Android” (“Gingerbread”) we noticed something interesting: the lack of a version number in any of the discussions.
Some people started calling it “Android 3.0”, others calling it “Android 2.5”, but Google was silent on the matter.
While digging through a bug in Froyo, Android 2.2, specifically issue 8804, which refers to problems connecting to corporate WiFi after the Froyo update (“wpa_supplicant 0.6.10 (froyo) unable to auth in a wpa2/enterpise wifi”), a Google employee responded that a fix will be available in the next version of Android (presumably Gingerbread). Further, “Yes, Android 2.3 is a ‘major release’, and this patch will be available then”. Since even point revisions get code names (1.5, 1.6, etc.), we can presume that version 2.3 is “Gingerbread”.
Who exactly is this mystery Google employee? Apparently he’s Nick Kralevich, Android Security Team engineer for Google. That would make his statement seem fairly credible to me.
Additionally, since the discussion was specific to a bug with the Nexus One, this response would seem to imply that the Nexus One will be seeing the update to Gingerbread (and probably before any other device does).