Gingerbread spotted in Google demo video

In a video demonstration of the new Chinese Google Voice Search, the Google employee showing off the functionality may have given us our first non-blurry look at some of the new UI features of Android 2.3, codenamed “Gingerbread.” According to Pocketnow, the first obvious sign that we’re looking at 2.3 is the black notification bar. Unless Google is using a custom ROM in their official demonstrations (which is highly unlikely), this is a sure sign that we’re not looking at Froyo (Android 2.2) anymore.

Pocketnow also points out that there are three tabs in the Android market instead the familiar two, and the checkbox and radio button menu elements are different as well.

We noticed in the video that the responsiveness and smoothness of the UI seems refreshingly improved. One of the big arguments against Android up until now was its lack of hardware graphics acceleration. This has always been one area that iOS has trumped Android in, and many of the Android faithful have been clamoring for the significant UI improvements that hardware acceleration would bring. However, it’s not clear if the performance of the demonstration device is a consequence of hardware acceleration or simply a byproduct of the increased power of the hardware or the improvements in the OS itself.

Google has been uncharacteristically hush-hush about Gingerbread, and the lack of any real announcement ever since Google CEO Eric Schmidt took the stage with a Gingerbread device, teasing the audience without making any substantial announcement, has been wearing on Android owners for over a month now. However, as the Gingerbread Man statue goes up at Google HQ, it’s only a matter of time before Google decides to release this update to the public. 

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geisthiro said,
That looks like the MIUI custom rom.

Did you watch the whole video? You may be referring to the video of the iPhone at the beginning.

Other then few optimizations for new hardware features (dual core, NFC, better use of gpu's, higher resolution support and 1080p properly etc) and very minimal changes to vanilla UI like icons and maybe animations I don't think there's really going to be much in the bag for ginger bread so not too sure about all the hype around it.

IMO unproven & nothing truly interesting over 2.2 so far shown in screen stills (vid pulled before i saw vid). If nexus s = not at least substantial improvement over my n1 (plus not much more in purchasing value or available on contract if too expensive) & announced by xmas & released by mid jan then my n1 = being sold & i'll get an htc desire hd on contract with 3 uk for the right price.

As long as it doesn't slow devices down. This would be a bad point of time to add any bloat whatsoever that taxes the devices, without making it a choice. This would be a perfect time to get rid of the extra junk that should not be starting, running, or taking up space as it is.

All good, was tempted to say I was happy with my current install but Im not loyal to any company. As long as Android gets better and better Im with them.

As nice as this looks, there is nothing substantial to indicate this is Gingerbread. I think we're simply guessing at this point. I think "Gingerbread possibly spotted" would have been a better title. At least until it's proven to be fact.

nekkidtruth said,
As nice as this looks, there is nothing substantial to indicate this is Gingerbread. I think we're simply guessing at this point. I think "Gingerbread possibly spotted" would have been a better title. At least until it's proven to be fact.

Unless this is a custom ROM, it has different UI elements than Froyo. It must therefore not be Froyo.

Tzvi Friedman said,

Unless this is a custom ROM, it has different UI elements than Froyo. It must therefore not be Froyo.

You're definitely correct, this isn't Froyo. At least not as we know it, that does not however automagically mean it's Gingerbread. If you have any other proof other than "This isn't Froyo cause it doesn't look like Froyo", I'd be more inclined to agree. I'm not saying this isn't Gingerbread, just that you have nothing substantial from anyone (sources included) other than it looks different. Making this article entirely based on speculation. That should probably be noted in the title.

nekkidtruth said,

You're definitely correct, this isn't Froyo. At least not as we know it, that does not however automagically mean it's Gingerbread. If you have any other proof other than "This isn't Froyo cause it doesn't look like Froyo", I'd be more inclined to agree. I'm not saying this isn't Gingerbread, just that you have nothing substantial from anyone (sources included) other than it looks different. Making this article entirely based on speculation. That should probably be noted in the title.

It is most likely Gingerbread. Look at the leaked pictures showing the notification bar color and icons.
The phone in the video appears to be a Nexus One. This is also an official Google Video. Google would probably not use custom ROMs when developing and demonstrating their software. Since it is probably running official firmware--and it definitely isn't 2.2 or 2.1--then it must be the next version, which is 2.3

mrp04 said,

It is most likely Gingerbread. Look at the leaked pictures showing the notification bar color and icons.
The phone in the video appears to be a Nexus One. This is also an official Google Video. Google would probably not use custom ROMs when developing and demonstrating their software. Since it is probably running official firmware--and it definitely isn't 2.2 or 2.1--then it must be the next version, which is 2.3

So basically what you're saying is, you're assuming based on it's looks. Which is my point. It's an assumption. Speculation. The title very clearly states that Gingerbread has been spotted. That is incorrect until it's proven. Everyone including the source is assuming it's Gingerbread. No one here can absolutely say with a hundred percent accuracy that Google would not use a custom ROM, unless of course they work for Google in which case they most likely wouldn't even be allowed to make that sort of a statement.

The point is, there is nothing officially linking what is in this video to Gingerbread. So the title is misleading.

nekkidtruth said,

No one here can absolutely say with a hundred percent accuracy that Google would not use a custom ROM, unless of course they work for Google in which case they most likely wouldn't even be allowed to make that sort of a statement.

No one can say with 100% certainty that fire wont be raining down from the sky when they wake up in the morning.

At some point we accept something as given when it's likelihood has satisfied our own requirement for feasibility. Judging by the other comments in this thread, your requirements are significantly higher than anyone else's.

The only options are an official Google video is filmed using a custom, non Google ROM or this is a new, unreleased version of Android.

The evidence pointing to the latter includes this being an official video, the look matching exactly the Sony Zeus and the device Eric Schmidt showed (which he clearly stated was a future Android device) and the photos on XDA developers (who are easily qualified enough to glean the software version).