When you get down to it, the giant Gingerbread man statue on Google's campus should be proof enough that Android 2.3 is nearly here. But if you still need more, here are a few other signs that have been floating around over the weekend. None of them actually contains concrete evidence of a release date, but that's never stopped the sewing circle before. Here they are, in no apparent order, with the fun stuff bolded for effect:
An update to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is coming on Tuesday, and the new recent changes field spells it out. "Please install the update ... to ensure that Flash Player loads properly with future OS updates." You know, like Gingerbread. [via Droid-Life]
Brodduncan on Twitter alerts us to the book Pro Android 3 (apress publishing). The Amazon description includes the following: "Pro Android 3 shows you how to build real-world and fun mobile applications using the new Android SDK, codename 'Gingerbread.' " So it's a preview description of a book not yet written that will feature details about an operating system not yet announced. Move along, folks.
Our pals at Intomobile say they have a source who tells them the Android 2.3 SDK (that's what software developers use to code apps) will be released on Nov. 11 -- Thursday. That doesn't mean you'll have Gingerbread on your phone -- just that the SDK may be announced. The source is not named, and no other details are given.
Gingerbread is coming, folks. Soon. It will be magical. It will have healing powers, be a source of clean energy and quite possibly show us what actually happened to the dinosaurs. And you'll find out everything you need to know right here, just as soon as it happens.
While Sprint and T-Mobile have made use of LG's Optimus name, Verizon has taken its own path and will launch the device as the LG Vortex. The latest word surrounding the launch is that Verizon will be giving the device away for free after a $100 rebate that you get in the form of a debit card. If you're looking to get an Android 2.2, Wi-Fi hotspot capable device on the cheap (and with a low-res screen to go with it) the LG Vortex seems to fit the bill just right. Any takers now that you know it'll be basically free? [Engadget]
Android 2.2 (Froyo) leaked out for the Sprint Epic 4G and Samsung Vibrant on Saturday, amid much drama and the usual in-fighting. If you're like me and try to avoid that sort of thing, you're in luck as we're gonna break it down right here.
We're going to bypass the feuding about open source, the GPL, and donation wars. If you feel the need to get into the mix and speak your mind, the usual channels is where you'll find the bickering. [XDA Developers Vibrant and Epic 4G forums, Android Central Forums, and Twitter]
Say it ain't so! The venerable HTC Droid Incredible has been retired by Verizon? Not so much, actually. Remember that the Droid Incredible disappeared for a while and returned with an SCLD touchscreen in place of the AMOLED screen, which quickly found itself in short supply.
So never fear, folks. Out with the old and in with the new, and the Droid Incredible's not going anywhere anytime soon -- at least not before the LTE (and HD) version shows up. One more pic after the break.
With all the growth happening on the Android platform, I've kind of been waiting for this sort of thing to pop up again. It's not really a new concept, (Motorola had demos of devices like this one, among other companies) but it's the most recent iteration of the idea put to product. The iDECT iHomePhone 2000 is an Android powered, Wi-Fi enabled home land line phone that allows you to surf the web, watch YouTube videos and will gladly play you your favorite internet radio stations all on a 2.8-inch touchscreen display.
In addition to all those goodies, the iDECT iHomePhone 2000 also makes use of DECT cordless technology to ensure that no matter where you are in your house, you can still make and receive phone calls. Still not sold? Well, maybe the 14-minute digital answering machine, hands-free speakerphone and contacts manager that holds 300 contact numbers will be enough to sell you on the £99.99 price tag. [via TechFresh]
If a tablet isn't for you, and you have been holding off for a netbook that runs on Android, it appears as though the Acer D255 will be one for you. Back in February we saw an HP netbook running Android, but we have yet to see this one surface on the consumer market to date. Could this Acer be in the same boat as the HP unit, or will this one actually be available to purchase? Which do you prefer, a netbook running Android, or an Android Tablet? [via Fandroid]
It's been quite a fun week in the Android world, with more information released about various tablets, more devices on the way, and potential updates to begin roll outs. If you blinked during the week, you probably missed something, so let's take a look at some of what you may have missed.
The Dell Streak has been spotted in a new commercial that's jam packed with various use cases for the device. It's cool to see an ad featuring the Streak since there haven't been that many since its release. An interesting point about this commercial is that it doesn't mention any carriers, only that it is sold by Dell and Best Buy. Check it out for yourself after the break!
Before the Internet and YouTube, nobody had any interest in watching someone else open boxes. Now, it's practically a rite of passage.
Our very own KSmithInNY scored the Sprint version of LG's Optimus line, the Optimus S, two days ahead of launch. He was kind enough to post his initial thoughts and some unboxing photos on our forums.
But this is Android Central. Anyone can nab an early handset and snap some pictures; our readers root them the same day. Kevin rooted his Optimus S and created an excellent guide for everyone looking to pick one of these up on Sunday.
If you're interested in reading about the newest member of Sprint's Android family, head on over to our Optimus S Forums and check out his impressions. (Thanks Kevin!) [Android Central Forums]
Keeping up with the Android market can be a difficult task, as can keeping up with all the new applications and application updates we post weekly. Instead of overloading and bringing a whole new selection of applications for you to read about, let's take a look back at some of the applications we have posted about over the past week. Join me after the break for the recap.
The admin at the official Sprint Community forums has made a small, but good-to-know announcement about the Evo 4G and the software version numbering. Sprint says Evos sold in November will have a different software version number than previous units. New models will have a software number of 3.30.651.2, and older models will have 3.29.651.5. This is due to a parts difference, and both versions are fully able to get further updates. No idea what the new part is, but Sprint assures us it won't change the user experience.
If you buy an Evo this month, tap the menu button > Settings > About phone > Software information, and you can check your version number. [Sprint Community] Thanks, Edgar!
As long as we're spending our Friday night reading tea leaves and interpreting tweets, let's look at one more. The above comes from Samsung's Omar Khan, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of products and services with Samsung. He's the guy we saw on stage at the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab events. And he's "using an amazing new device to be revealed to all soon."
Portions of this page are modifications based on work created and shared by the Android Open Source Project
and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution License. AndroidCentral is an independent site
that is not affiliated with or endorsed by Google.