December 6, 2010 | by Michael Heller
Google has announced the Gingerbread SDK and feature set along with their Nexus S announcement, although as yet, the OTA update doesn’t seem to have been pushed out. At least, my Nexus One is still waiting (not so) patiently for the update.
Gingerbread upgrades include:
- Upgraded UI
- New Keyboard
- Better Text selection tool
- Better Copy/Paste
- Better gyroscope sensitivity
- NFC Support
- Improved power management
- VoIP/SIP support
Gingerbread also includes improvements for developers, including changes to make game development easier.
All of the updates fall in line with what we expected, but the big news in my opinion is the VoIP/SIP support. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t announced how or if this will include an upgrade in Google Voice, but at the very least, this means that with Gingerbread, your Android phone can be free of carrier voice plans. VoIP support means that a data only Android phone can still be fully functional with calling and SMS.
Here’s an intro video for Gingerbread:
Here’s a full list of Gingerbread features and highlights, or you can poke through the official Gingerbread User Guide, if you want. Gingerbread still hasn’t come OTA to my Nexus One, but the second it does, I’ll have a full hands-on review. *Update* Latest word from Android Developer Advocate, Reto Meier, is that Gingerbread won’t be coming to the Nexus One for a few weeks. Very annoying.