It’s that time again. Another giant treat arrived at the Googleplex today, which means a new version of Android is just around the corner. A video was just uploaded to the Android Developers YouTube account which shows a giant Gingerbread man joining his friends FroYo, Eclair, Donut, and Cupcake.
As it was pointed out today, Gingerbread will likely become Android 2.3 and Honeycomb is expected to become Android 3.0 when it hits tablets next year. If history repeats itself we could have an official announcement on Android 2.3 features sometime next week. The FroYo statue appeared just one week before Google I/O where Android 2.2 was unveiled.
The Android 2.3 update is being called a major release, but it might not change the core experience as much as some expected. Most of the additions are said to be UI tweaks and we could see new services like video calling, Google Music, and maybe even Google Books.
We hear Samsung is currently working on a Google-experience phone with stock Gingerbread, which could be the first new phone to ship with the latest OS.
In addition to the new Samsung phone, most existing devices that already have Android 2.2 should eventually see Android 2.3 once the carriers get their hands on it. If you phone is still on Android 2.1 or earlier, don’t hold your breath waiting for an update (except the Galaxy S I’m hoping).
For those of you keeping track at home, after Gingerbread and Honeycomb are released the next versions to look out for are Ice Cream and Jelly Bean.