Android 2.3 Gingerbread announced, SDK released

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

You can find more details at the Android 2.3 highlights page and Gingerbread user’s guide.

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.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread home screen

Sources:,  Android Police

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