Android ‘Gingerbread’ Update Coming to the Nexus One in “Coming Weeks”

Android Gingerbread is coming to the Nexus One!

 

The Nexus S is the first phone to have Google’s new Android ‘Gingerbread’ operating system on it and the phone it is meant to replace—the Nexus One—will be receiving an update to the new OS itself in “coming weeks” according to Google. 

The Twitter post from Google’s Nexus account (@googlenexus to be exact) says “The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!” Good news for all the Nexus One owners out there. Of course, many of those who bought Nexus Ones probably have already installed hacked versions of Android Gingerbread already. Nothing like an official update though. 

Android Gingerbread is version 2.3 and since this is an OTA (over the air) update, you will be notified right on your phone when it is available. Of course, big updates like this are best left to Wi-Fi so you might as well make sure you’re near a hotspot before downloading it to greatly reduce the time needed. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with what the update brings with it, here’s a quick recap: 

  • Speed improvements
  • Bug fixes
  • Redesigned virtual keyboard
  • Better support for devices with larger screens
  • Redesigned and greatly improved user interface
  • Support for NFC (near field communications) as a payment option

In fact, Gizmodo loves the new version of Android so much that it has stated that “It’s the first time Android’s really approached iPhone 4-level responsiveness.” If that’s not a compliment, I don’t know what is. 

Now, some of the features are only usable if you have an appropriate device. (Read: they’re useless on a Nexus One.) I’m talking about the support for smartphones with large screens and tablets and NFC. So far, the only Android phone with NFC is the new Nexus S since a chipset is required to use the technology. You will love the speed improvements however. It’s actually kind of surprising that it took Android so long to get to this point given how well the devices are selling. It’s obvious that Google is fairly new to the operating system game (just take a look at Google Chrome OS so far) and especially so compared to Apple, which created the first PC with a graphical user interface. Cut Google some slack now though—it’s starting to bring its ‘A’ game. 

Ready for the update? Let me know what you think!

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