Part two of the big news coming from Google is the imminent release of Gingerbread. We get one step closer today as Google has released the Android 2.3 SDK to developers. Usually when a software development kit is released, its the last piece of the puzzle before the actual OS goes live.
Until today Google has been real hush hush regarding Android 2.3. They didn’t give us much in the way of new features, let alone a release date. But the unveiling of the Nexus S this morning has shed some light on the new features of Gingerbread.
According to the Android Developer Highlights, Gingerbread brings some exciting new features to the table for the end-user and the developers alike. A quick rundown of what we can expect from the new Android 2.3 include:
- new polished user interface
- more intuitive text input
- improved on-screen keyboard
- refined multi-touch experience
- VOIP/SIP support
- NFC (Near Field Communication) support
- improved power management
- better menus
- fast access to task manager
On the developer end of things some of the features of Android 2.3 includes:
- enhancements for gaming
- Kernel upgraded to 2.6.35
- better Dalvik support
- Native access to assets, storage
- Open API for native audio
- API support for Gyroscope and other new sensors
Those are just a handful of the new features, everyone including myself thought that Android 2.3 wouldn’t be a huge, significant update. It’s turning out to be pretty special from the looks of things. We can expect to see the first set of updates within a few weeks.
In the meantime all you developers out there can head over to Android Developers and download the latest SDK. Google has also released a pretty interesting Android 2.3 User Guide that you can check if you want to learn more about the ins and outs of Gingerbread.