There may be a reason as to why the Nexus One still hasn’t received Android Gingerbread yet. We’re hearing that the 2.3 version of the OS is a Nexus S exclusive, and other devices will receive Android 2.4, which is still a part of the Gingerbread branch.
It could be that the update headed to the Nexus One any day now will be the introduction of Android 2.4. That certainly looks to be the case, but then again, we still know very little. That said, it would explain why it’s taken so long for the first Google phone to get updated to the most current version of the OS.
Interestingly enough, the 2.4 update may coincide with the Motorola Xoom launch. Why is this interesting? Well, there have been mentions that Google Music will actually ship with the Xoom, and just wasn’t officially announced. Could Android 2.4 bring Google Music on board in all it’s streaming glory? Nothing but speculation here, folks, but if Google’s music service hits with the next update, it’ll be one more thing to look forward to than just an incremental, back-end update.
It looks like Google had rushed the software on the Nexus S, as they cranked out 2.3.3 shortly after the release of the handset, which was a nice update, but nothing spectacular. If Android 2.4’s highlights are to be the built-in music store and a couple of compatibility fixes, a launch may not be far away.
Not only has the update for the Nexus One taken a bit too long, we’re already hearing buzz of the next version of the OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be bringing some 3.0 goodies along for the ride, as well as bridge Gingerbread and Honeycomb together.
Nonetheless, there’s a good chance we may be hearing more about Android 2.4, or whatever update other handsets will be receiving, in due time. Whether or not the upcoming update will ship with features like Google Music or Honeycomb elements is anyone’s guess, but we can expect these things to hit at some point in the future.
Here’s to hoping that once Android 2.4 is officially announced that the update will begin to roll out to other handsets.