Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" launched – developers have it NOW

Google has pushed out its Android 2.3 development tools, with everyone now able to get their hands on the “Gingerbread” update of the OS via their PCs.

Here’s Google’s brief announcement of what’s new in Android 2.3. Highlights are the NFC technology support we’ve already seen mentioned, plus built-in VOIP support at last:

Enhancements for game development: To improve overall responsiveness, we’ve added a new concurrent garbage collector and optimized the platform’s overall event handling. We’ve also given developers native access to more parts of the system by exposing a broad set of native APIs. From native code, applications can now access input and sensor events, EGL/OpenGL ES, OpenSL ES, and assets, as well a new framework for managing lifecycle and windows. For precise motion processing, developers can use several new sensor types, including gyroscope.

Rich multimedia: To provide a great multimedia environment for games and other applications, we’ve added support for the new video formats VP8 and WebM, as well as support for AAC and AMR-wideband encoding. The platform also provides new audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost.

New forms of communication: The platform now includes support for front-facing camera, SIP/VOIP, and Near Field Communications (NFC), to let developers include new capabilities in their applications.

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That’s your new dark, Gothic front end…

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And this is Google’s new “one touch” copy & paste tool. We’ll have a fiddle with the development kit and take a few more screens of Android 2.3 in action later this evening. Read all about it over on Google’s Developer blog or have a look at the video here.

Thanks to reader Barry for the DEFCON 1 emergency news tweet.

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  1. tomfrogger

     /  December 6, 2010

    C’mon XDA devs a new gingerbread ROM for my desire please. Hurry up already. #sarcasm

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  2. Name: Mark

     /  December 7, 2010

    I remember when the galaxy S phones were being released and I defended Samsung saying that they had learned their lesson. All this gingerbread news is just making me and I’m sure other galaxy S users depressed/pissed. I’m never buying a Samsung phone again

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