If this isn’t much of a solid indicator that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is on its way soon, I’m not sure what is. The Google campus just got another tasty treat to go with the other Android sweets, and this newly arrived Gingerbread Man signals the impending release of the Gingerbread update.
Now the Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and Froyo statues have another friend to greet people with, and it couldn’t come at a better time. While Google has yet to officially announced the new version of the OS, we can imagine that the announcement will be on its way shortly. We saw a giant cup of Froyo land at Google HQ sometime in May, but no one saw the official update until sometime in late June, so we may have until the end of November to see it officially debut. That said, a leaked version of Froyo hit the web about ten seven days before the official roll-out – hopefully we’ll be just as lucky.
While it could still be true, the rumor that Gingerbread will be delayed until late December or early January may not seem to hold the water it once did. It really could go either way, but we have every reason to remain optimistic that we’ll see the brand new update hitting handsets before the end of the year.
Gingerbread is said to host a new UI for the Android OS, making it a little easier on the eyes. The rumored Google Music could launch with it as well, allowing Android users to buy and download music right from the Android Market. Not only that, Google may open an online Android Market that will let users choose applications and music they want right from their computer, and send them straight to their phone using the Chrome to Phone feature.
While we didn’t see the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK drop this week as rumored, we saw quite a few morsels of information that makes us think that the new OS update is right around the corner. For a retrospective of where the OS has been, and how for its come from 1.0, make sure to check out the Evolution of Android : Follow the Gingerbread road(map).
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