Android 2.3 Gingerbread Officially Out

"Google today unveiled the latest version 2.3 Gingerbread of its Android operating system, and also the new Nexus S, a device that is refreshingly different and based on Android 2.3."

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Google today unveiled the latest version 2.3 Gingerbread of its Android operating system, and also the new Nexus S, a device that is refreshingly different and based on Android 2.3. With Chrome OS also expected to debut today, Google is out to make a hat-trick of releases.

For users world over, Google is synonymous with Internet search. The Internet giant though has also been making serious inroads into the mobile OS market. Its Android operating system is already selling like hot cakes in the smart phones market. As an open-source operating system, Android has grown in leaps and bounds with inputs from developers worldwide. Now Google has come up with a fresh new version of Android - 2.3 Gingerbread.

Gingerbread brings several new features, including a user interface that is totally different from the one found on existing Android devices. Upgrades include a new virtual keyboard, enhanced copy/paste features, and better word selection, among others.

“Android’s vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide,” Andy Rubin, Google's VP of Engineering, said. "Today, we’re pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products—Nexus S," he announced.

While the new OS has been officially unveiled, it is not likely to become available to existing Android users immediately. For now it is limited to the new Nexus S phone, which itself will go on shelves on December 16. The good thing is, Google has updated the Nexus S so that it has an all new interface and many new features.

Version upgrades for existing users are not likely to come through before the end of the year, so they still have some waiting to do. On the other hand, developers can start jumping for joy, because the new Gingerbread SDK/NDK is already available for them to download and start building apps with.

It now remains to be seen what Chrome OS will bring with it when it comes out later in the day.

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28-11-2010, 05:48:15

dipzy
Hey guys,

Im looking for a new SSD drive, around 120GB Capacity. I have looked at both the OCZ RevoDrive or OCZ Vertex 2E but i cannot decide which to go for, revodrive has the insane speeds and the vertex 2E has TRIM support.

What do you think i should get and why?

Dipzy

28-11-2010, 05:51:36

thestepster
u categorically want trim mate or ull be fresh installing windows every month but look at the corsair forces and Kingston v+ drives

28-11-2010, 05:57:13

AlienALX
As much as any one tells you to get an SSD without TRIM don't.

You can butter it up and you can try and say that it doesn't affect the drive too much but the cold fact is it does.

Back in January when TRIM was being introduced I made the silly mistake of not doing my research first and got a Corsair X32 pre TRIM firmware. It was the worst mistake I ever made. Due to me constantly tweaking my hardware (drivers OS etc) it would slow within a matter of weeks. Not months as people say. Secondly when you benchmark it you ruin it. When benchmarking you read and write tons of data to the drive. Within the space of three benchmarks performance will already start to degrade.

The biggest problem is how awkward that can be. On a SATA based SSD performance can only be restored in a couple of ways. The first thing you then need is good imaging software. You then need to continually remember to do a backup to an image which is a faff. Then you need to burn a Diskpart utility disc (linux distro) and boot into that and unlock your drive (hot plug the power) before booting from an imaging disc and restoring it. It's a major hassle.

I don't know about these revodrives or if they come with a utility but I do know if they lack TRIM or something that does the same thing I would give them a very wide berth. The Crucial C300 drives (I think that's what they're called) run the revos very close, cost less and have TRIM. Mind you so do any of the Sandforce controller SSDs.

As I say dude, the secret to buying ANY SSD is to do your homework first. Not look at specs and say "no TRIM". Make sure you're covered because nothing sucks more than messing around with SSD all the time.

Apparently the new Kingston SSD have a way to TRIM (well, the same thing) in RAID. At which point they will probably work out cheaper, go faster, and have the ability to maintain their performance.

Tom knows more about this :)
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