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Google releases Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK

Google has finally unveiled the long-awaited Android 2.3 operating system, more commonly known now as Gingerbread.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

Google has finally unveiled the long-awaited Android 2.3 operating system, more commonly known now as Gingerbread.

The Goog has implemented a lot of improvements and tweaks the Android platform in this release, detailed extensively over at the Android Developers blog. But here's a snippet of what developers can expect with the SDK/NDK, which is available now:

  • Simplified user interface
  • More "intuitive" text input plus a re-designed keyboard with multi-touch support
  • VoIP calling support
  • Video calling support via a front camera
  • Cut-and-paste: one-touch word selection
  • NFC support
  • Application control manager
  • Updated video drivers and other enhancements for improved gaming
  • API support

All of this will be seen in action soon when the Nexus S smartphone debuts on December 16 as the lead device for the Gingerbread platform.

For a closer look at Android 2.3, check out Google's introduction video below:

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