Android 2.2, AKA Gingerbread, will arrive on the Google Nexus One imminently, a Tweet from an insider suggests.
The search giant’s apparent plans to deliver the latest, greatest iteration of its operating system on its sole Google branded phone so far were revealed by a senior member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez whose knowledge of matters we shouldn’t doubt given that the OHA is perhaps the key leading mover and shaker in the evolution of the Android platform, issued a statement that leaves little room for doubt.
He Tweeted: “Preparen sus Nexus One (Developer version) para la actualización vía OTA de Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) para los próximos días :-D.”
According to the good folks at the Android Phone, that translates as: “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days:-D.”
What’s not yet clear is what kind of features Gingerbread will bring to handsets. However, the smart money is on a slicker version of Android Market and support for playback of WebM video.
What we do know is that the arrival of the new version of Android on the Nexus One before rivals’ phones suggests that buying that phone over some of the more modish likes of the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S is looking like an increasingly smart decision.
That’s because while those handsets use custom skins that have slowed down updates as phone makers they are compatible with the new Android iteration. The Nexus One runs an unmodified, vanilla version of the operating system, which makes it much easier to roll out updates.