Phil Nickelson over at AndroidCentral just laid out some pretty solid evidence that Google’s next release of Android, codenamed Gingerbread, will be titled version 2.3. The version number comes from the Android’s Google Code website. A user there was highlighting a problem connecting to corporate email in Android 2.2 Froyo, and a Google Engineer replied with concise, yet revealing, message:
“Yes, Android 2.3 is a ‘major release’, and this patch will be available then.”
What can we make of this statement? Well, who knows if the Google engineer was simply trying to reference the next version, which he may or may not know the exact version number. Or, maybe this guy really is “in the know” at Google HQ, and Android Gingerbread really is version 2.3. Also, this semi-confirms the availability of Android Gingerbread on the Google Nexus One, which we’ve already seen here.
So, who is this mysterious Google engineer? Would someone in his position know the precise version number of Gingerbread? A little simple Google search brings up a guy by the name of Nick Kralevich. His position at Google is an Android Security Team engineer. We can assume from this that he does in fact know a bit about the issue at hand on the Google code complaint where he posted. The complaint was dealing with an inability to connect to a network due to a WiFi security bug that disallows users to certain corporate routers, and Nick responded that the issue would be addressed in the next release of Android.
Android Gingerbread 2.3 is supposed to bring a plethora of new features included but not limited to:
- Improved icons
- More uniform, green color theme
- Slate grey notification bar (example: Touchwiz on Galaxy S)
- Browser, Phone dock icons turn lime green
- Bouncy effect in scroll menus, better inertial scrolling
- Buttons, radio buttons, checkboxes changed
- Video chat through the same engine running Google Talk
- Receive Google Voice calls over WiFi, cell data
- Facelift for included apps (ie. YouTube)
- 1080p recording support
- New screen off animation (below)