The waiting has ended: Google has released the SDK for their latest and greatest, Android 2.3 Gingerbread which we all know what it means.
As we have anticipated yesterday, Google should launch the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform today. There were rumors about a November 11 Gingerbread SDK release but that didn’t happen up until now, and the new version of Google’s mobile operating system should bring a better power management, some UI changes, Near-field communications (NFC) support as well as Internet Calling and equalizer for audio. Also, take a look at our Gingerbread Wishlist and Speculations post while you’re at it.
For the more tech oriented among you, find below the list of changes:
- UI refinements for simplicity and speed
- Faster, more intuitive text input
- One-touch word selection and copy/paste
- Improved power management
- Control over applications
- Internet calling
- Near-field communications
- Downloads management
- Native input and sensor events
- Gyroscope and other new sensors, for improved 3D motion processing
- Open API for native audio
- Native graphics management
- Native access to Activity lifecycle, window management
- Native access to assets, storage
- Robust native development environment
- Mixable audio effects
- Support for new media formats
- Access to multiple cameras
Take a look at a video walkthrough from Google of what’s new on the platform and see what to expect when you first have a hands-on with a Gingerbread powered device, advertised as the fastest Android version yet. Gingerbread brings Concurrent Garbage Collection which should increase overall performance of the system with smoother animations and increased responsiveness plus a series of platform optimizations which should lower CPU usage, enable Gingerbread to access multiple cameras at the same time as well as improve the gaming and overall experience.