Hats off to the guys at Phandroid who have unearthed what appears to be official info on what the next version of Android – 3.0 aka Gingerbread – will bring to Android smartphones and tablets.
At this stage most of the changes appear to be cosmetic. The notification bar at the top of the screen will shift to a darker grey colour as seen on HTC and Samsung phones like the Desire and the Galaxy S, instead of the light grey colour currently seen on phones running stock Android.
The dialler and browser buttons that were added to the launcher with the update to Android 2.2 have now been done over in a lime colour, in keeping with the green sheen of Android’s mascot.
You can kind of see all this from Phandroid’s rather blurry pic of a Nexus One running what we assume is an early build of Android 3.0. Scrolling lists are also reported to having that same ‘bounce’ effect that you get on iPhones.
Other changes include native voice and video calling over 3G and Wi-Fi with Google Talk. This will bring FaceTime and Skype-esque functionality to Android phones and tablets out of the box. Pretty cool huh?
The YouTube app is also due to get an overhaul, making it feel like more of a natural part of the OS and not just a tacked-on extra. The feeling we’re getting is that Google is super-keen to present a more polished and unified smartphone experience. Especially with certain people talking about Android fragmentation.
This news aside, Android 3.0 phones we’ve heard about have already whetted our appetites for Gingerbread. There’s the Sony Ericsson gaming phone which may or may not be the PSP Phone and then there’s Motorola’s dual-core Tegra 2-powered monster.
Google is rumoured to aiming for an end of 2010/early 2011 launch for Android 3.0. So we can either look expect a nice Christmas present or something to look forwards to in the New Year.