Next Android OS Version May Offer Built-in Video Conferencing

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Google is expected to release a new version of its Android OS in the near future. No details have been announced yet, but an unofficial source indicates that this version, code-named Gingerbread”, will include support for Google’s video conferencing system, among other changes.

Acouple of Android OS-based smartphones available today include video conferencing. These models — the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, both from Sprint — use an app called Qik for this. The next version of the Android OS will supposedly have support for video chatting built into it.

This will supposedly be tied into the system already available to desktop users with Google Talk. If this report is true, this feature will allow smartphone users to make video calls to desktop and smartphone users. This would be a significant advantage over Apple’s iPhone 4, which can only video conference with other Apple smartphones and handhelds.

AndroidA Facelift
In addition, Gingerbread is also allegedly going to bring an improved look to Google’s operating system.

As part of this, the icons for thebundled applicationsare being redesigned so that they go together more smoothly.

Moth 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.

Other Changes… Maybe
It’s possible other enhancements will be included in this new version. But what they will be is not yet known.

A much earlier report indicated that Gingerbread will make this operating system a better option for tablets by adding support for screens with a higher resolution than WVGA.

Launch Date?
At this point, it’s not clear when Android OS “Gingerbread” is going to be released. It might be out before the end of this year, or it might not debut until next year.

The final name for this version isn’t known. It could be Android OS 3.0, or it might not.

Google has been assigning code-names for its operating systems alphabetically. After Gingerbread will come Honey, and after that will supposedly be Ice Cream.

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