X

What's cooking in Android 2.3's Gingerbread release (photos)

We've got screenshots of some of the feature highlights of Google's new Android 2.3 operating system, code-named Gingerbread.

jessicadolcourt.jpg
jessicadolcourt.jpg

Jessica Dolcourt

See full bio
Android_Gingerbread_1.png
1 of 7 Google

Introducing Gingerbread

Google's long-awaited announcement of Gingerbread puts our speculations to rest as Google details highlights of version 2.3 of its hit Android operating system.

These aren't the only changes. Read more on Gingerbread features here.

AndroidGingerbread_homescreen.png
2 of 7 Google

Interface tweaks

We expected Google to pay attention to the color scheme and usability of the Gingerbread home screen and menu systems, and it did. Android 2.3 pumps up the contrast and rethinks certain menus. Notice the addition of the app manager shortcut on the now-black menu. Android 2.2 on the Nexus One has a light gray menu and no easy access to the manager.
AndroidGingerbread_selection_1.png
3 of 7 Google

Text selection

Android 2.3 simplifies text selection. Instead of the Froyo (Android 2.2) method of holding down on a word with your finger to bring up the option to begin highlighting words, Gingerbread lets you press and hold a word to select it. Then it pops up more finger-friendly bookends for easily completing selections.
AndroidGingerbead_FrontCamera.png
4 of 7 Google

Front-facing camera

If your Android smartphone has a front-facing camera, the Gingerbread OS will let you shoot photos and videos from the camera app.
AndroidGingerbread_Internet_call_1.png
5 of 7 Google

VoIP Internet calling

Developers can immediately start folding Gingerbread's support for SIP Internet calling technology into their apps. In addition to easily placing (free or cheap)Internet calls, Android 2.3 extends the camera APIs to developers, letting them take advantage of the front-facing camera. That spells expanded support for video chatting.
AndroidGingerbread_powermanager.png
6 of 7 Google

Power manager

Android's handling of power and open apps has long been under fire. Back-end adjustments promise to better handle resource-hogging apps, and a refurbished app manager shows the phone owner more details about power consumption. A shortcut (see the first slide) increases the Manager's visibility.
AndroidGingerbread_nfc.png
7 of 7 Google

Near field communications

Near field communications is another Gingerbread foray. With a compatible handset, Android 2.3 can scan objects and items using NFC, near-field communications technology.

Read more on Gingerbread features here.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
2023 Toyota Highlander Adds Turbo Power to Lower Emissions
2023 Toyota Highlander

2023 Toyota Highlander Adds Turbo Power to Lower Emissions

25 Photos
Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference
james-webb-seq-00-14-05-10-still002

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

12 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos