Android 2.3 Announced

Google announced yesterday the release of the Android 2.3 SDK or Gingerbread as it has become known. The mobile operating system (OS) will be seen first on their new flagship mobile phone, the Nexus S manufactured by Samsung and soon after on the Nexus One.

So what features can we expect to see?

  • UI refinements for simplicity and speed
  • Faster, more intuitive text input
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Improved power management
  • Control over applications
  • New ways of communicating, organizing

To name only a few. Full details can be found over on the Android Developer site.

Android 2.3 Keyboard
Android 2.3 Keyboard

One of the changes I’m hoping will make a big impact is the redesigned keyboard. Android devices have always lagged behind the iOS devices and google is promising big speed improvements for touch input and better copy and paste. I am currently using Swype on my HTC Desire which is a big improvement over the stock 2.2 keyboard and a massive improvement over HTC’s bundled sense keyboard.

[UPDATE: XDA have the 2.3 keyboard available for rooted 2.2 Android devices already.]

I’d keep an eye out on the XDA forums as there is sure to be a custom rom released for the Desire (and other devices) around the New Year.
Google Nexus S
As for the Nexus S, it is of typically bland design but boasts probably the best hardware of any mobile phone on the market today:

  • A 1 GHz Hummingbird processor paired with 16GB of internal memory makes Nexus S one of the fastest phones on the market.
  • 75% less glare than on other smartphone displays on its 4″ Contour Display
  • both rear and front facing cameras

See the full list of features at