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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