Giant Gingerbread Man touches down at Googleplex; launch of next Android OS build imminent

Giant Gingerbread Man touches down at Googleplex; launch of next Android OS build imminent
With a giant Gingerbread man being led into the Googleplex on Friday, it is becoming apparent that the launch of the next Android OS build is imminent. Earlier Friday, we reported that according to a Google engineer, the Gingerbread version of Google's open source OS will be Android 2.3 and will be considered a major release.

The Gingerbread man finds himself among the company of a cupcake, donut, eclair and some frozen yogurt, each one representing a specific Android OS build. With Gingerbread most likely turning out to be Android 2.3, Honeycomb should be Android 3.0 and get released early in 2011 for use in Android powered tablets. Considering that the Froyo statue was put up one week before Android 2.2 was launched, if history repeats, Android 2.3 should see its release next week, coming just a couple of weeks before Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 in the U.S.

As we have told you, Samsung and Google are working on a device that is expected to be the first handset loaded with Gingerbread. As far as upgrades to current Android models, those currently running Android 2.2 (perhaps even the first-gen Motorola DROID) could be in line to move up to the next build.

source: YouTube via AndroidandMe

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16 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Why are all of Androids OS's named after baked goods?

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Actually are named afther deser icecream is not a baked good

2. ecml490 unregistered

This is why I'm switching to iPhone soon. It's update after another like a month after it's been released. Android 2.2 screwed up my Droid so bad that it freezes and restarts itself numerous time, and have more force closes than ever, I'm pretty sure 2.3 will just do more!

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Droid 1 will probably get stuck on 2.2 and you migth have problems if you installed over the air.

7. cc161777 unregistered

You mean like what happened to the iPhone 3G? Yeah. Get an iPhone.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

sorry man, but no thanks, I personally have a milestone and an X10 and i love them so much, so no iPhone me :'D what i said could be a truth, Ive got others smartphones (back when good old SE made those P series with Symbian) and some wimo phones and they had a limit where updates get, regardless, but its not the end of the line your phone will survive with the last update they got, even if we know Google will make some sweet goods for us. I may also remind you that google might go with high end devices for further updates (will see how gingerbread works around).

3. phxgooose unregistered

google's android 2.2 isn't the problem it works amazing on the nexus one, its how the carriers have to convert it to get what they want out of it or block what they dont want really. So if your droid keeps freezing thank verizon for it don't blame google. Google also put out 2.2 towards the beginning of the summer it just takes the carriers 3-5 months to "fix" it for their network/phones.

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

But that's ultimately the problem...Google has no control over the updates, carriers do. I think Windows Mobile 5 and 6 prove that this way of doing this isn't the best one...especially since even Windows has abandoned this method...

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

will hopefully see Google more involved with carriers to ensure better upgrades and software

8. cc161777 unregistered

phxgoose is right, I went back to stock 2.2 on my X yesterday and after removing MotoBlur everything is wayyy faster. Im actually underclocked at low voltage to 800mhz and the phone seems twice as fast.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I've told Motorola many times blur should be a feature the user chooses and installs not something the user is forced to have stock android delivers a better response than the motoblur

12. CC161777 unregistered

I agree, I didn't see the big deal of Blur because it never really got in my way but after removing it I will never go back.

11. 9eater unregistered

Why do idiots have to post that there going to get an iphone. No one cares go Apple and and have fun with a non open source device and crappy service from a bad carrier. I have 2.2 and I love it no issues on my phone. I'm excited to see what 2.3 will bring to my evo.

13. newfdog 13

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

What good are updates that are not backwards compatible with all devices?

14. spiceman

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 24, 2010

Still waiting for 2.2 on my Vibrant. WTF! Cmon t-mobile and Samsung. Too many pans in the fire. Give it all to me. I'm paying good money.

16. XxVerbalxX unregistered

googles front lawn is starting to look like something out of a homer simpson wet dream. suddenly i want to play candyland.....

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