On Monday, Google officially unveiled the next version of Android, codenamed "Gingerbread" (version 2.3). Here is a list of new features, as well as screenshots and video.
Improvements and new features
The new stuff in Android 2.3 includes:
- New UI theme with simpler color scheme
- Redesigned on-screen keyboard
- New copy-and-paste functionality
- Better power management
- Better application management
- New downloads manager
- Near-field communications (NFC) integration
- SIP calling over the Internet
- New camera app for accessing multiple cameras
- Support for extra large screens (i.e. tablets)
Here is Google's introduction to Android 2.3 for developers:
The first Android 2.3 device will be the Google Nexus S. Here is look at the direction Google is taking with the Nexus S:
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