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Android News/Rumor Round-Up

Douglas Carter
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Lots of Android news has been making its way around the web today. We have a video from Phandroid showing the shut-down sequence for what is reportedly Android Gingerbread. A dug-up post from Google Code indicated that Android Gingerbread, believed by many to be Android 3.0, may in fact be Android 2.3. Finally, the Google Mobile Blog announced yesterday that Google Voice Search has now been expanded to support Czech, Polish, Russian, and Turkish.

The short video from Phandroid reportedly shows the shutdown sequence of Android Gingerbread, which appears to imitate the way cathode ray televisions appeared when it was turned off. According to Android Central, the picture from the Gingerbread leak earlier this week was actually pulled from the video below.

Check out the video below from Phandroid, which shows the shutdown sequence in action:

According to a post (Issue 8804) from what appears to be a Google employee on September 30th on the Google Code site, the version number of the next major Android release is Android 2.3. Android Gingerbread has been confirmed previously by Google to be the next version of Android, and while there was never any official confirmation of the version number of Gingerbread, many people assumed it would manifest as Android 2.5 or Android 3.0.

It appears they were wrong. After seeing many of the rumored/confirmed fixes coming in the next version of Android, I myself was skeptical that the jump from 2.2 to 3.0 could be justified. Android 2.5 seemed much more likely as a version number, but apparently this release is not supposed to be anything too ground-breaking. Instead, expect more subtle enhancements, which is what many of us were already anticipating. While this is obviously not an official annoucement, it is a strong indication.

Phandroid does maintain some skepticism, pointing out that there is "one reason we can’t outright assume this will be the version number for Gingerbread: 2.0 was named Eclair and the subsequent 2.1 release was also considered a major release with no new accompanying codename (even if it didn’t add that many features going from 2.0 to 2.1 opposed to the jump from 1.6 to 2.0 or 2.1 to 2.2.)"

A post on the Google Mobile Blog yesterday announced new support for Google Voice Search on Android in Czech, Polish, Russian, and Turkish. Those languages join English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, which amounts to 11 supported languages total.

The post also reminds users that Voice Search is available for phones running Android 2.0 or later, and can be downloaded from the Android Market. In addition, the app can only process one language at a time, and to switch the language, users must go into the settings.

Other Sources: Android Central, Google Mobile Blog, Phandroid

Image from TalkAndroid

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