12/8/2010

Android 2.3 Offers Variety of Improvements

Since its launch Google have kept the updates to Android coming thick and fast. The number of changes made with each update mean that  in many ways Android 2.3 is barely recognisable as the same operating system which launched with the G1 just over two years ago. Android 2.3, better known as Gingerbread, hasn’t let the fact that some handsets are still waiting for a 2.2 update get in its way and has kept up tradition by becoming  the latest update.

Gingerbread will become widely available later this month with the release of the Google Nexus S but developers have already been given access to the update and an update for the Nexus One is expected soon. A number of new features have been added and help contribute to making Android even more appealing. Rumours of a Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone appear to be supported by significant improvements to game development in the new build. VoIP support has been added which could be very handy for those with a good data package. Video calling is now supported for phones with a front facing camera. NFC is now integrated into the OS so devices with the right hardware can now start to make use of it and tilt-sensing should improve thanks to gyroscope support for more accurate orientation data.

Various areas of the interface have been tweaked and a redesigned keyboard with multi-touch support offers one of the biggest improvements. A tweaked download manager isn’t a vital change but very welcome, while a better copy-and-paste system is a more necessary improvement which should please many users. While there are no ground breaking new features, generally speaking Android 2.3 looks like a fairly significant upgrade which should attract even more support for the rapidly growing Android operating system.

Owners of newer Android handsets should hear news of when they will receive the update soon. Unfortunately those with older handsets may be forced to send their old phone off to a mobile phone recycling company and upgrade to a more recent handset.

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