The promised upgrade to Android OS 2.3 for the Nexus One seems to have run into some kind of hitch, because it won’t be available quite as soon as first thought.
This update to the latest version of Google’s operating system, code-named Gingerbread, will bring a range of enhancements to the user interface and some new features.
On December 6, a Google spokesperson said via Twitter that this upgrade will be available “in a few weeks”. Yesterday, two weeks after the first post, a note on the official Google Nexus Twitter feed said:
“The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!”
The First Among Equals
The Nexus One was the only phone ever sold by Google itself, and the company has a habit of releasing operating system upgrades for it as quickly as possible. It was the first with Android OS 2.1 and OS 2.2, and will be one of the first with OS 2.3.
It can’t be the the first with this new version, because the Samsung Nexus S debuted running it last week.
What’s New in Android OS 2.3
Google’s main goals in the next version of its operating system for smartphones were improving the user interface, adding support for new types of communication, plus fostering games development.
Google says that Gingerbread is the fastest version yet. Plus, Google has tweaked the user interface a bit, and given it an on-screen keyboard that many think is easier to type with.
The process for cut-and-paste has been enhanced by a set of movable bounding arrows (see image at right).
Support for multiple cameras has been built into Android OS 2.3 for video conferencing, and the new version also has support for VoIP/SIP software.
The enhancements made to improve gaming are intended to bring smoother animation and increased responsiveness.