Rumor: Android Gingerbread SDK available next week

Exciting news for those with Android devices today; Android Police is reporting that a source of theirs has informed them that the Gingerbread SDK may be available as soon as next week.

Gingerbread is the 3.0 release of Android and is a large jump from Froyo, which is officially 2.2. Usually we wouldn't get excited about a SDK release, but with an Android SDK release, new features are able to be uncovered, as well as being able to run the latest Android emulator, which will hopefully reveal the new User Interface which was previously pinned for Gingerbread.

Historically, Google has released major iterations of Android in the fall (US), and, now that it's fall, it's five months since the last release. Android Police says that "Android is still technically supposed to be on a 6-month release cycle."

Previously, rumored minimum specifications for Android 3.0 were leaked, and then later proven to be wrong by a Google Engineer. We may have seen Android 3.0 in the wild back in July, with a Nexus One caught running a build labelled 3.0, but this was never confirmed. It's worth noting that Android Police say that their source didn't confirm if Gingerbread actually means "3.0" or "2.5," but we'll know soon enough.

Not very much is known about Android 3.0, but with Microsoft releasing Windows Phone 7 on October 21, and previous rumors also suggesting that Gingerbread would hit in mid-October 2010, anything could happen next week.

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I can pretty much guarantee that Gingerbread will look almost identical to Froyo.

The Android UI hasn't evolved much since at least Cupcake. I imagine Google is going to stick with more backbone updates and features that don't change the look of the OS itself.

I'll buy a drink for everyone on Neowin if even a third of XDA ditches ADW when Gingerbread comes along, lol.

Well the 2.2 update for the Desire has been out for over a month now...don't know why you haven't checked.
I really hope 3 gets showcased and released soon, I got bored with all the WP news on the internet in the past 2 weeks.

I have no clue why but i feel strange (specially for a gadget-geek) about Android...since WP7 is out i don't care about Android anymore (looking at his SGS for the first time without thinking about the 2.2 update)...

Would be nice to have an official 2.2 update for my Samsung Galaxy S let alone talk of gingerbread. Still, looking forward to seeing what goodies 3.0 will offer.

Couldn't careless about Gingerbread to be honest, still waiting for 2.2 on my HTC Desire Also I doubt the Desire will even get 3.0, since HTC seem to only do one OS update before putting the phone to pasture (due to their rapid release cycle).

Xerxes said,
Couldn't careless about Gingerbread to be honest, still waiting for 2.2 on my HTC Desire

Android 2.2 official update for HTC Desire is available for some time now

AMAZING!!! IMO the most important objective with Gingerbread is to better the UI's responsiveness. It's good, but it's the only advantage iOS has over Android. Fancy animations are fun and all, but I want the best performance possible.

laz45 said,
can you explain more? I got Copy and paste on mine.

No need to. You're correct. Android has copy and paste in the browser. It works the same way as iOS minus the option of using the magnifying glass.

laz45 said,
can you explain more? I got Copy and paste on mine.

What phone do you have? I couldn't get it in the stock browser, only in the browser included with Sense

Subject Delta said,

What phone do you have? I couldn't get it in the stock browser, only in the browser included with Sense


I got a Samsung Vibrant