Android Gingerbread is running as fast as it can - anticipates Q4 release

Android Gingerbread is running as fast as it can - anticipates Q4 release
Almost everyone in the mobile community is giddy in anticipation for Google's announcement about Android 2.2 Froyo and all of the neat goodies expected to come along with it. With that in mind, the news about Android Gingerbread blindsided many out of nowhere which was also revealed as being “currently planned for Q4, 2010.” That's surely impressive in itself seeing that Gingerbread must be surely running quite hastily to make a splash just in time to rain in on Microsoft's parade towards the end of the year. Now that we're just beginning to see the tip of the iceberg of many current generation Android handsets just receiving the Android 2.1 treatment, it makes anyone cringe having thoughts about the lengthy or possibly short time line for devices to get a tasting of Gingerbread. Still, it clearly showcases Google's lightning quick expansion in getting their open platform to the next level.

via EuroDroid & Engadget



1. C_H

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 06, 2009

While it's very cool that Google is moving along so quickly with Android, I'd like to see them put more resources into getting the older handsets up to current, otherwise their work on new OS's will just further fracture the userbase between all the different versions

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I agree. Seeing a concentration on getting everyone to conform would be nice. I went from my G1 to a Cliq XT which was odd because Motoblur feels so much better than vanilla 1.6 yet I lost the ability to use Gesture Search and Google Nav. Which was pretty frustrating. But overall I've been pleased with my XT. I've been thinking about how Google could make the quick upgrade schedule work with legacy handsets. I think the best way would be to pull an Ubuntu. Release Long Term Support versions of Android which would get small updates that don't break application support. But then roll out optional test bed versions that will eventually work their features into the next LTS. I'd say a yearly stable "LTS" version would be a quick enough upgrade schedule. I can stand for the being a version or two behind but I really don't like the app breakage. Although so many handsets being upgraded to 2.1 will bring almost everyone to the same level. That will be enough to satisfy me. The only thing that made me comfortable enough to buy an XT was knowing that Moto has a 2.1 upgrade coming so soon. Otherwise I'd have waited for something that was higher than 1.6. I wish Google had decided to quit selling Nexus Ones long ago, cus then I'd have a Nexus One right now. But such is cell phone life. I still love my XT.

3. goose763

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2010

Why do you guys blame google for phones not getting the updates? Google's nexus one gets the updates immediatly, and the reason being is that no carrier, manufacturing has added their own software or requirements on the handset. If you want to blame someone, blame the carriers and manufactures for setting additional requirements or software such as motoblur, sense ui, vz and att software and restrictions. Google gives the update to all the carriers and manufactures and leaves it to them to update the phones if they want to and on their own timelines.

5. C_H

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 06, 2009

It is completely up to the various vendors to get their phones up to 2.1, but Google needs to create a good environment for Android users if they want this to succeed, and part of that should be helping/pushing the vendors to get updates out sooner. It is Google's responsibility to hand-hold this companies because getting those users to the latest release sooner is good for their OS.

6. lovebuzz

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

Yeah its good for everyone, but Google does not have control over what the wireless companies choose to do with their own. The OS may belong to Google, but the choices are not theirs since it takes more than just a push in the right direction. With the variations including HTC's Sense UI and Motoblur, that makes it a litttle more complicated. Every time they release an update, each wireless company then has to scramble to make it fit with all of their phones. Obviously this isn't just like a one-size-fits-all T-shirt or something. Even if they were to attempt to try and push companies into this, its still not likely to get absolutely every carrier and every Android phone on one page. If it were I'm pretty sure they would have done that already.

4. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Fast development of the Android OS is a welcome change. Having to wait several years for picture and video messaging is something that no one will miss.

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