Oct 22 AT 2:28 PM Nick Gray 18 Comments

Google engineer claims Android 2.3 will be next major release

We all know that the next major Android release will be named Gingerbread.  The problem is, none of us know what the number iteration it will represent. An anonymous Google engineer has posted that a specific Wi-Fi fix will be implemented in the next “major release” for Android he referred to as version 2.3.  We’re certainly not 100% convinced that Android 2.3 and Gingerbread are one and the same, but it’s definitely more plausible give Android’s more recent update numbering.

Who knows, maybe Android 2.3 is simply a smaller release intended for handsets which will not be able to update to Gingerbread. The 2.3 certainly doesn’t sound as sexy as 3.0, but numbers don’t always tell the full story. At this point, it’s all speculation. What do you think Google is up to?

Via: Android Central

Source: Google Code

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    I believe it. I’ve been saying for awhile that Google would save “3.0″ for Honeycomb which is optimized for tablets.

  • http://Website Simon

    I just hope they remove the shitful, umm, official Twitter application form the next release.

    To Google – don’t force garbage apps down our throat.

    • http://Website John Giotta

      Explain how Google responsible for any of the apps on your phone (besides the ones authored by Google Inc.)?

      • http://Website Steffen

        I think the official Twitter app was included BY Google in the Froyo release for the Nexus One. So it’s kinda their fault.. But I like the app so I’m not worried about it lol. Root your phone and remove it if you don’t like it.

      • http://Website Nick

        If memory serves me correctly, Google is responsible for coding the official Twitter app.

    • http://Website Hora

      There’s no Android Twitter included.
      Maybe your problem is with the Android client that the OEM included in your phone…
      If this is the case, you can download other Twitter client..

      • http://Website Daniel

        It’s included in the Nexus One, and it was developed with the help of Google (also, they promised to release the source and are yet to comply, but I digress). Maybe it was included by the OEM, but in this case the OEM is Google.

  • http://www.goldfishview.com David Shellabarger

    Chris DiBona mentioned about a month ago that they hadn’t decided on a release number yet. Not sure where the 3.0 rumor started.

  • http://Website Steffen

    I feel like if there is a 2.3 it won’t be Gingerbread. It will still be Froyo. Kind of like 2.0, 2.0.1, and 2.1 were all considered Eclair.
    However I think the next couple of months would be good for the release for Android 3.0 considering previous major platform releases (1.0, 2.0) so I don’t think they will release anything else prior to 3.0.

  • http://Website davidjspooner

    I’d guess 2.3 = gingerbread = everything except tablet. 3.0 honeycomb targeted at tablets/colaberation and i’d guess 3.1 (icing ?) would be the first unified phone/tablet/tv release maybe q2 with the polish that may not be ready for multiple ces launches of honycomb devices in january .

  • http://kidderkat.wordpress.com Kidderkat

    So wait…

    I haven ‘t received 2.2 on my Galaxy-S (T-Mobile Vibrant, at that).. am I skipping it, getting it, or are they going to keep me at 2.1 and the only way for me to see anything higher is to get a phone with it pre-installed on there? Confused, I am.

    I know it’s mostly the carriers doing (at least that’s what I’m told) and I’m not really concerned about it. I’d just like to know what happened to all phones having the same OS version.

    • http://Website J.

      in the case of your phone, it isn’t T-Mobile that’s holding you back, it’s Samsung.
      Because you have a “skin” over the android operating system you’re on 2.1 until Samsung releases a 2.2 update that incorporates their UI “improvements”.

      Best advise? Void your warranty, root the hell out of that thing and start down the path of custom ROMs.

      Here’s a really good place to get started: http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=711
      Read, learn, brick your phone, bring it back from the dead.

  • http://Website Andrew Kent

    I recently bought an EVO 4G from Sprint with 2.2, and I love it, although I’ve already maxed out the phone’s app storage and have already bought two spare batteries and a Splash power source so I don’t have to panic when away from an electrical outlet.

    Will this new OS version be a simple download, and is there any risk? Is the update done from the phone’s update function (htc update or firmware update?), or is this done another way. Will there EVER be a way to increase app capacity, either by expanding the phone’s storage or creating SD storable app updates (I can’t even update apps without dumping something to make room)? I’m in Android heaven, but, as an appaholic, It’s becoming a living hell.

    BTW, I’m considering an external Bluetooth keyboard for those prolific moments. Any recommendations?

    • http://Website Kevin

      Hey Andrew, on 2.2, selected apps have the ability to be stored on your SD card. As more and more apps allow this function you will be able to free up much more space on your phone. Try going to settings, applications, click on an app and see if it allows you to ‘move to sd card’. Hope this helps. You can also buy a larger SD card as well.

  • http://Website PHarik

    Does anyone know what this “specific Wi-Fi fix” is?
    Any chances of Google bringing in Adhoc Wi-Fi Support, to enable internet access from a laptop?

  • http://droidandroidgames.com/ AndroidGames

    If this happens it will probably still be Froyo

  • http://Website LjNj_RC51

    I hope they work on stopping all these damn apps starting automatically. Google maps is the worse, no matter how many times you force it to stop it starts again. ;-((

  • http://Website Jose G

    I really do hope that Google puts out a version of Android for all of the EOL devices that still are pretty relevant to users. Samsung Moment, HTC Hero, G1, Droid Eris, & many other abandoned phones that are still out there. Those users deserve to have many of the benefits of FroYo such as the improve JIT implementation, speed, memory, & performance optimizations, & many other FroYo benefits. I think it would be a great gesture by Google to fully own the OS experience but tell the carriers you can still make your apps. Just put them in the carrier section of the Android Market.