Its hot news for Android lovers, Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread is not out yet despite the old rumors of a November launch. But it should be almost done – Google Hong Kong even used it in a video tutorial for Voice Search.
The video below is from the Hong Kong branch and it is showing off Google Voice Search. It serves to show off a new green and black UI (complete with a redesigned launch bar along the bottom of the screen) that would appear to fit the description of the forthcoming Gingerbread update. It’s not a massive overhaul – we weren’t expecting this from a .X update – but it looks like Google will be adding a few nice tweaks.
Fortunately, While the video was up for about a week from its 23 November posting, recent attention lead to it being pulled. Fortunately, a couple of enterprising souls grabbed it and re-uploaded before it disappeared.
First of all, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread should bring some new icons to the status bar. It’s nothing crazy but the battery, signal and Wi-Fi indicators look a little more stylish. There’s also some re-done buttons in the settings menu. The Google Maps update also shows a few visual changes that should permeate the whole operating system soon.
As for the under the hood changes, we’ve heard support for higher resolutions (so tablets will be officially supported), WebM video support (Google’s own video format), NFC support and others.
We’re still waiting on when Android 2.3 Gingerbread will hit the streets, as it seems like we’ve been waiting a long, long time. There are reports that it will hit Dec. 6 but earlier reports have been off too. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said it should be coming out in the next couple weeks, so let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.