Gingerbread Is Android 2.3, Coming to Nexus One
A member of the leadership team at the Open Handset Alliance has answered a question we've all been wondering: Android Gingerbread will be version 2.3.
Even though we've known the codename for the next version of the Android mobile operating system is Gingerbread, there has been some confusion as to whether it will be version 2.3 or 3.0.
Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez announced via Twitter that Android Gingerbread was indeed version 2.3 and that it will be coming to the Google Nexus One smartphone soon. That means it could potentially roll out to other Android phones soon as well.
While the difference may seem trivial at first, there is a significant distinction between a 2.3 update and a full version update, and many users hoped that Google would release version 3.0 next. Version 2.3 will only fix a few problems and tweak the features of Android 2.2 (Froyo), whereas a full new version would bring broader changes. Google and other manufacturers have also hinted that version 3.0 (what we can now assume is called Honeycomb, according to the alphabetical dessert naming convention) will have better tablet support.
Android phone users shouldn't get too excited just yet. Carrier networks are usually responsible for Android updates, and they are notoriously slow at rolling out new versions to customers.