The Google Nexus One will supposedly be among the first, if not the first, to get an upgrade to Android OS 2.3, AKA Gingerbread.
This next version Google’s operating system is expected to include improvements in the user interface, plus built-in support for video conferencing.
Reports that the release of OS 2.3 is imminent is coming on mid-November have been around for weeks. The latest of these comes from a twitter post from Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, who describes himself as being part of the Leadership team and Usability at the Open Handset Alliance, the industry group behind the Android OS.
Vasquez wrote, in Spanish, “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days.”
The Nexus One was offered to developers by Google itself so they can get fast access to the latest system software. It was the first model to get Android OS 2.1 and 2.2, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was the first with OS 2.3.
Google stopped selling the Nexus One over the summer, but there have been unconfirmwed reports that a Nexus Two will be released soon. This will allegedly debut running Gingerbread.
More about Android OS 2.3
Official details on Gingerbread are still scanty, but the next version of this OS will supposedly include support for Google’s video conferencing system. This will allegedly be tied into Google Talk. If this is true, smartphone users will be able make video calls to desktop and smartphone users.
In addition, Android OS 2.3 is also allegedly going to bring an improved look to Google’s operating system. As part of this, the icons for the bundled applications are being redesigned so that they go together more smoothly.
Most of the other elements of the user interface are reportedly being tweaked, with stark white elements sometimes being replaced with a softer grey, and more green being used.