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Android 2.3 Gingerbread launching today?

Android 2.3 Gingerbread launching today?

Google is set to lift the lid on the latest iteration of its Android smartphone platform today at the Web 2.0 summit, rumours suggest.

Speculation that the internet-expo-cum-talking shop will see the search giant unveil Android 2.3, AKA Gingerbread, stems from a Tweet sent out by Google Mobile on Saturday. The far-from-cryptic status update states that the Google’s “cafes are baking something sweet” and links to a snap of a pile of Gingerbread men in the shape of the Android character.

Putting two and two together, tech bloggers are predicting that Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt will use his keynote speech at the Web 2.0 Summit today in San Francisco to officially launch the latest version of the Android operating system.

What’s not yet been mooted is whether the event will see the company showcase Gingerbread on its much-rumoured second-ever branded smartphone. However, what is for sure is that teleasing the updated operating system first on the as-yet-unconfirmed Nexus S/Nexus Two would give the handset a real competitive advantage in the increasingly crowded Android phone space.

What’s more, after the relative flop that was the Google Nexus One, it's apparent that the search giant needs all the help it can to make the handset stand out from the crowd.

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