Phandroid received some alleged pictures of Android Gingerbread running on a Google Nexus One handset, as well as some information to go with an extremely blurry photo. According to what Phandroid was told (not what can be gathered from the picture), the new OS centers around UI improvements, which the person who leaked the information describes as very similar to HTC Sense (which Phandroid takes to mean a measure of the departure of the UI from stock Android.
Here is an abbreviated list of the changes from Gizmodo and myself:
- Icons redesigned to be cleaner/simpler
- Notification bar redesign similar to the one on TouchWiz
- More unified interface with green as a more prominent color (Google apps also appear more unified)
- VoIP calls using Google Voice will be doable over Wi-Fi and a data connection
- "Bouncy" effect when reaching the end of a list at top or bottom
- Addition of native video chat support
- YouTube app receiving big visual redesign and ability to use Google Lean back
BoyGeniusReport remarks that the VoIP calling feature would "be big news for Android tablets, which will be able to tout a polished, fully integrated voice calling solution that doesn’t rely on cellular connectivity."
Androinica thinks that "it looks like Android Gingerbread will just be a new riff on the Android of present, which will clean up some of the UI issues and look and feel problems. Other than that it doesn’t look like Gingerbread will be the revolution in UI that many were suspecting when they first caught wind of the new version."
Still not satisfied with the rumored change list? Gizmodo adds that "fortunately, there is likely more to be seen." Phandroid themselves note that "anything could be added between now and the time Google’s ready to build the final version of this gingery house."
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