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All you want to know about gingerbread Android 2.3

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When Andy Rubin announced Android 2.3 at the D: dive into mobile conference, Google crossed yet another milestone. Android 2.3 (Codename Gingerbread) is not a total overhaul of the existing versions, but it offers a few changes in the UI layout, looking from the UI perspective. A lot of new features and APIs have been added like full Open GL ESP 2.0 support, Gyroscope and other sensors, Near Field Communication, Graphics, and many more features for the developers to play with and the users to enjoy. In the D: Dive into mobile session Andy Rubin also presented us honeycomb running on a Motorola tablet which sports the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and we were able to see major UI changes and Google has reported that Gingerbread is just a minor release and that Honeycomb will be their major release.

Diving further into gingerbread: for a long time Google has been saying that gingerbread is going to concentrate more on the gaming part and they have done it!

Gyroscope and other sensors like barometer, support is here to take your gaming to the next level. A gyroscope is a device for measuring or maintaining momentum using the principle of angular momentum. It takes in various information like the amount of torque applied and the gravity sensor, etc which will also enable you to take photographs easily. Now you might be wondering why this stuff is useful and well this is useful because this API will help the developers make application with better sensors and hence better games.

There are some major user experience changes which cannot be seen but you can feel it. The touch sensitivity is more responsive, over scrolling effect has been added which was not there earlier unless you were using a Samsung device. The notification bar, menus and other parts of the UI have also undergone changes. The android interface will also look more polished now. Google has made some changes which will make the images in gingerbread appear in their true 32 bit color format  with transparent Alpha channel.

This will make the android UI look more refined and will fix some banding issues and the app developers will be able to develop more better looking apps.

Recently Google had acquired Blindtype and now they have used this Blindtype on their virtual keyboard the keys are reshaped and repositioned from the earlier keyboard, the new Multitouch key-chording lets the user quickly enter numbers and symbols by pressing shift+letter, etc without the need of manually switching the input modes.

This android version has also improved the battery management. The system plays a more active role in managing apps that keep the device awake for too long and have been consuming the CPU while running in the background. Now your system will automatically close the application if it is appropriate.

A new shortcut to manage the application has been added to the options menu in the home screen along with a launcher, which will help you to access and manage the application activity.

The users who have SIP accounts can make voice calls over the internet to other users. Now the developers don’t have to make their own SIP protocol stack which means that VOIP support can be brought into the applications for users very easily.

Gingerbread also introduces Near Filed Communication (NFC) using this, user can touch or swipe an NFC tag that might be embedded in a sticker or an advertisement, then they can easily read from the data processed on the phone by touch or swipe. In future this may replace credit cards or any other type of payment. This feature uses a hardware component which will be available in the new Google Flagship phone Nexus S.

There are many other features like download management and access to multiple cameras on from any application. We will bring you more information on Gingerbread, once its start rolling on many devices in the market.

To know more and to download the Android SDK for Gingerbread click here

Android 2.3 User’s guide

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