Today is a busy day for Android users and developers. Android 2.3 was officially announced with lots of new features. Android 2.3 SDK is released. Samsung Nexus S is announced as the first phone to be sold with Gingerbread on December 16 at Best Buy (unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan).
For users, the most notable additions in Android 2.3 Gingerbread are:
- increased speed and responsiveness
- improved stock keyboard and select text/copy/paste functionality
- better power management
- support for devices with large screens such as tablets
- Internet telephony with native SIP support (WiFi only?)
- near-field communication (NFC) protocol (device specific, meaning that phone’s hardware has to include NFC chip)
- support for multiple cameras (e.g. front facing camera) in stock Android
- user interface refinements
For Android developers, new features include enhancements for gaming, support for new forms of communication (VOIP, NFC), mixable audio effects, and support for new media formats.