Nexus One users have been waiting for an update to Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread since December and it looks like now, more than two months since, they might actually get it, along with Nexus S owners.
The company tweeted that the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update has started to roll-out for the two devices and it might take a couple of weeks for the process to spread out. The 2.3.3 refresh fixes some issues with Bluetooth, Graphics, Speech Recognition, Media APIs and NFC (the Nexus One will not benefit from the NFC part).
On the other hand, together with the Gingerbread refresh, Google has stopped Facebook Address Book Contact merging into phone contacts. In other words, you will no longer be able to access your Facebook contact details from within your devices’ Contacts section; you will have to do that from the Facebook application. Google says: “like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data.”
Luckily, this change will only affect Nexus S users (which aren’t that many since the device is only a couple of months old) as well as other “lead devices” yet to come but not those running Nexus One or older devices. According to Google, Nexus One users had Facebook preinstalled and thus had in out-of-the-box experience that the Company will not cripple. The ball is in Facebook’s court now with Google’s invitation to use the Android Contacts API, like any other Android developer, to store these types of information on the smartphone itself rather than in the cloud.