Android 2.3, the "Gingerbread" update to Google's smartphone platform, is shipping first on the new Nexus S from Samsung, which Google partnered in designing. Get a glimpse of some Gingerbread features, and the new (T-Mobile) Nexus, in the clip above.
What's to see? Mainly, the new interface changes in Gingerbread. Being a decimal-point upgrade, Android 2.3 isn't bringing wholly new experiences to Android, though there are some new goodies:
NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in all kinds of everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.
Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.
We're intrigued by the previously unmentioned VoIP calling capabilities. We're digging into a screenshot tour of Android 2.3 right after this, but tell us what you think of Gingerbread in the comments.
Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread [Official Google Blog]