In my last post, I talked about some of the reasons why I started developing Android apps. The new Android 2.3 Gingerbread is even better than Froyo. I’m talking about a whole new Nerdy and the Droid factory.
With Gingerbread released and rolled out on the new flagship phone, the Google Nexus S, the developers’ wait is over. Some of the new features and functionalities baked within Gingerbread are:
1. More power under the hood
My Nexus One lasts me about a day running Froyo. Android is now way smarter in managing its electrons with Gingerbread. With new interface design, smart process management and improved power management, it has increased the battery life significantly.
2. Near Field Communication
NFC provides high-speed, short-range wireless communication capabilities and is responsible for most of the Gingerbread hype. NFC has introduced many new playgrounds for Android developers such as mobile tickets, mobile payment, identity documents, smart posters, electronic keys and more.
3. Improved audio and graphics
Gingerbread now supports extra-large screen sizes and resolutions in addition to audio, graphic and input enhancements. This is a red carpet invitation for game developers to knock themselves out!
4. Session Initiation Protocol VOIP telephony
SIP VOIP allows enhanced video and audio calling. It also supports video conferencing, streaming multimedia distribution, instant messaging, file transfer and online games.
5. Native sensor support
Gingerbread now natively supports sensors such as the gyroscopes and barometers.
And let’s not forget new features like concurrent garbage collection, multi-touch software keyboard, enhanced support for native code, multi-camera support and new download management.
With all these new building blocks, I can’t wait to see what new apps are going to show up on my App Market!