Google catches Gingerbread Man; new Android forthcoming

With so many sweet names getting tossed around, sometimes it's hard to keep track of which cavity inducing treat applies to which version of Google's Android mobile operating system. With endless rumours about whether or not Gingerbread will be a full version release, or if Honeycomb will have the honour, it has been a sticky time for journalists rushing to cover the latest and greatest. Uncovered by forum member vincent; Googlers have uploaded the above video over the weekend which lends credence to a timely release of the company's next iteration of the popular OS.

Google hasn't been forthcoming about version numbers and many believe that Gingerbread will only be an incremental release rather than a full version update. The seeming lack of blockbuster features has fans reeling as WP7 is also fresh on the market, and Google may have to step up their game to tackle the new competitor. Rumoured release features include stability fixes, video chat, and VOIP.

A recently leaked video shows small visual effects as well, but will all of this be enough to keep Android in its current position, or will will WP7 have a cakewalk before Honeycomb is release and Google catches back up? Google has been tight lipped about this update, but the Gingerbread Man erection shows that the excitement isn't just contained to fans, but to Googlers as well.

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"Gingerbread Man erection" snigger.....

Seriously though... Im just about to renew my phone contract and am really confused!!!... Ive had an iphone 3gs for 18 months and love it, but dont think the iphone 4 is worth the extra expense.... It s bit too early to adpot the W7, and god only know when a Gingerbread enabled stable phone will be availabe... That leaves me with either getting a sim only deal, or cashback deal, then buying a sim free phone when the market has settles...

Ive read a rumour of Nov 8, and a possible Samsung Gingerbread phone.. so let wait and see...

The risk of continued fragmentation and ruination caused by carriers installing bloatware is always a concern but the modding community are doing a good job of trying to produce ROMS for people with as much or as little functionality as you could want.

I desperately wanted FroYo for my HTC Desire when Vodafone here in the UK were really dragging their heels. Modding community did a great job and produced a clean ROM based on the official HTC 2.2 release and that's what I've been running for a few months now with no problems!

TechGuyPA said,

Am I the only one that thinks this is really a poor choice of words....


I reckon it was a bet among the news staff to try and get the words "Gingerbread erection" in the news.

Mike Chipshop said,

I reckon it was a bet among the news staff to try and get the words "Gingerbread erection" in the news.

+1

After reading that, I was looking to find a comment about it

great more fragmentation and overpriced new devices. i wish that an android phone could be future proof and affordable

eilegz said,
great more fragmentation and overpriced new devices. i wish that an android phone could be future proof and affordable

Great, another Apple fanboy who keeps bringing issues that really aren't a problem if you've used the OS for more than an hour.

eilegz said,
great more fragmentation and overpriced new devices. i wish that an android phone could be future proof and affordable
Stupid comment. iPhones have been overpriced since it began. In fact iPhone was the price setter for all the latest Android phones.

All of the Android OSes have worked just fine on all the older phones since mid-2009. It's the idiotic carriers that don't upgrade your phones OTA. If you happen to hold a Nexus One in your hand, you would know that it supports all of the Android OSes since 1.6 and it will continue to support the latest OSes even after 3.0 is released. Does that sound bad to you? iPhones are equal or worse than Android phones in terms of OS compatibility. Apple will always try to make people upgrade to their latest and greatest hardware because they make the most money doing this. Why don't you try to put the iOS4.0 on the iPhone 2G or older and see if it works for you?

iFrankie said,
How cute. ^-^
Not so cute if you know how Gingerbread ended. I wonder who will be the 'fox' in this story, iPhone or WP7?