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Android 2.3 Gingerbread launches today with NFC on board?

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread launches today with NFC on board?

It’s that momentous day, Fandroids. Not long ago we reported that the freshly baked Android Gingerbread update would be announced on December 6th. Well, it may just happen, if tablet maker Notion Ink’s word is anything to go by.

The Indian firm, whose sole tablet effort to date is the Android-powered Adam tablet released last year, posted in its blog: “6th December is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. (Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3).”

Not only does this tell us that the company is working on a Gingerbread tablet named Eden (whatever happened to that gal Eve?). It also gives the clearest confirmation yet that today could indeed be the “big day”. Not least because it coincides nicely with Mr Android's, AKA Andy Rubin, scheduled appearance at the D: Dive into Mobile conference later today. We can almost taste the yummy goodness.

Rumours are abound that Gingerbread will also launch with NFC (Near Field Communication) on board, which allows two devices to communicate at short range via a high-frequency transmission that Google boss Eric Schmidt boasted could transform your smartie into a credit card at the Web 2.0 summit last month, where he also confirmed Gingerbread would be ready in a “few weeks” time.

So keep your eyes peeled for the announcement. However, don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t pan out, as the update may still take longer to actually land on current devices on the market due to extensive manufacturer and network testing.

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