Android 2.3 -- and Android 3.0.1 -- are starting to ping websites

Android 2.3 -- which we told you last week will indeed be Gingerbread -- is starting to show up in Google Analytics logs. Our pals at Android and Me are seeing them, as are we. And while it's impossible to know what phone they're coming from -- it's what's at the bottom of our list that's piqued our interest even more.

Yep, that's Android 3.0.1, which made an appearance last week before going dark again. Now how real is that? Unknown. Could be kids looking to cause trouble. Seeing Gingerbread pop up isn't that surprising, but seeing the next version -- tentatively code named Honeycomb -- appear? That's downright intriguing. Discuss.

Phil Nickinson
  • If both 2.3 and 3.0 are appearing, then 2.3 indeed be likely Gingerbread and 3.0 must be Honeycomb- but, why are they going THAT far ahead already?
  • Type about:useragent into your stock Android browser and you can change your Android version to 3.0.1 or whatever you want your device to show up as to the web sites you visit.
  • Ugh, i know! ...some of us are still waiting on froyo! :(
  • Could Honeycomb be showing up as part of the manufacturers testing out the slew of tablets we're expecting early next year?
  • I do believe you're right.
  • Google never said that gingerbread would be 3.0 and this log proves what they were saying. Not to mention when serious android releases come out we tend to think of the next big number (3.0) instead of the next decimal in the chronological series (2.1 - Eclair, 2.2 - Froyo, 2.3 - Gingerbread) and etc.
  • I'm with wburbage on this one...
  • Obviously Honeycomb is for tablets.... and gingerbread is for phones makes complete sense.
  • Could be someone faking it too - with the source code one could theoretically set their version to 3.9 or 999 or whatever if they wanted to.
  • Maybe this is Google's plan to force Samsung, HTC and, Motorola, to name a few or maybe the only ones to run stock froyo on their phones. By releasing new versions of android in rapid fire and causing more people to complain about how long these companies take to upgrade to the latest version of android on their phones.... Sounds like a plan to me....
  • Sounds like a stupid plan. And a horrible business plan... so no. Google doesn't care how much Android gets "Skinned". . . that's the point of it being open source. All Google Cares about is the underlying features and their Licensing fees for the Market and Google Apps... Along with AD MONEY
  • Could be fake 3.0.1 is suspicious but I doubt it is
  • I'm not really expecting anything really that huge to come from Gingerbread just since it's an incremental increase from 2.2 to 2.3 and when 3.0 eventually comes will be the one that has all the huge changes to it.
  • I dont know about you, but I thought that the differences in 2.1 and 2.2 were pretty huge: JIT Compiling
    New Home Screen
    Enterprise Support
    Camera/Gallery changes
    Bluetooth Dialing with subsequent voice commands
    Increased framerates on video capture
  • Agreed. 2.1 & 2.2 were major and 2.3 is likely to be, too.
  • Could 3.0.1 have come from the PSPhone we saw last week?
  • The 2.3's are probably coming from the Droid2's that have been updated. That seems to be the version that it's updating too (2.3.20 in Engadget's screen shot). John
  • Hmm the Playstation phone could very well have 2.3 (gingerbread) considering that 3.0 (honeycomb) may be a completely tablet-oriented android release
  • 2.3 is gingerbread and don't act that surprised to see 3.0.1. It's not like Google sits around playing around until a week before and starts testing units in the field. 2.3 is about to be released in a matter of weeks (days?) and you're wondering why Honeycomb is already being worked on?
  • I agree with jaeisber: Android 2.2 qualified as a major release imo. I also hope Android 2.3 addresses the "openness" which allows carriers to mess with stock Android so much that end users are left languishing for updates. Between iPhone and WinMo 7, the war for end users will intensify and the laggy upgrades could end up sending us "droids" to look at other platforms.
  • its 11:20 in michigan on nov 21 2010 i just checked for htc update and there it was 2.3 downloaded just fine and is freaking awesome!!!
  • its 11:20 in michigan on nov 21 2010 i just checked for htc update and there it was 2.3 downloaded just fine and is freaking awesome!!!
  • its 11:20 nov 21 just got the 2.3 update downloaded just fine and is friggen awesome