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Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread hits Google Nexus One & Nexus S

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread hits Google Nexus One & Nexus S

Google has begun pushing Android 2.3.3 over the air to its branded phones, fixing some persistent, niggly bugs and adding some smart Near Field Communications (NFC) functions.

The bump, which the search giant confirmed through its official Twitter feed and is expected to take a few weeks to hit all phones, is intended to kybosh the random reboot problem that has afflicted the Nexus S of late. Reports from owners suggest that it includes performance optimisations too, for an altogether zippier smartphone experience.

According to Google, owners of its second-ever branded phone can also look forward to much-improved NFC capabilities, including the option to make contactless payments over Bluetooth.

Alas, because the Nexus One doesn’t offer native NFC support, these new functions restricted to the Nexus S. However, given that they were previously stuck on Froyo, AKA Android 2.2, the arrival of Gingerbread on their phones in any form is more than enough to get excited about.

Key features of Gingerbread include a redesigned keyboard for better touchscreen typing, a revamped app management system and an app that enables you to stay in the loop with downloads.

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