Features of the next dessert-themed iteration of Google’s Android operating system have been spotted in a series of blurry snapshots.
Somehow Android fansite Phandroid managed to glean enough information out of the photos to reveal that not only will Gingerbread be packing integrated video chat similar to Apple’s FaceTime, it will also be receiving a graphical overhaul to make the user-interface more pleasing to the eye.
In addition to more uniform icons, the new interface will sport a reworked notification bar and springy scroll effects similar to the iPhone, plus a stronger emphasis on a greener, cleaner look all round.
Default apps are reportedly also being revamped to make them seem more part of the OS rather than tacked on, with YouTube finally stepping up to version 2.0.
But of course, the major arrival is the inclusion of video chat that is said to use the same protocols that power video chat on Google’s GoogleTalk software on desktops.
Additionally, Google is rumoured to be adding SIP support to its Google Voice application to allow users to receive calls to their Google Voice number over WiFi and 3G, which should be mighty useful to Android users without a voice plan.
These are the gist of features unearthed so far Gingerbread. We will be sure to let you know as we find out more.