Monday, December 6, 2010

Android Gingerbread to be released now?

latest version of Google's Android mobile OS may be released today, news suggest - possibly meaning that the long-awaited Samsung Nexus S phone might also be just around the corner.

Gingerbread, aka Android 2.3, was supposed by Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) a few weeks before to be due for release in 'a few weeks', suggesting that it is possibly supposed to get out some time roughly now and confirmation of that might have come from a blog post by Notion Ink, makers of an Android tablet known as the Adam. Inside a blog post, they drop in the comment: '6th December is another big day for Android and you'll find how quick Notion Ink can work. (Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3)' That kind of suggests they know that today's the day for Gingerbread's release.

This tends to well tie in with an notice that is due tomorrow about a latest certification program for Near Field Communications devices. NFC is technology related to that used in contactless credit cards and many public transport payment cards, such as London's Oyster Card. It is thought to Gingerbread contains support for NFC technology, enabling phone owners to try their phone as a credit card if it has the suitable NFC chip in it.

Put together, these both propose that not just is Android 2.3 probable to come out very soon, but that we could well be considering Samsung's Nexus S phone very soon also - the next 'Google phone' after the original HTC-made Nexus One that will run Android 2.3 and have an NFC chip in it.

However in the absence of the Nexus S, but Gingerbread will arrive today, the update will mainly be limited to owners of the Nexus One - everybody else may have to wait for the phone suppliers and networks to pass on the update to them.

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