Nov 03 AT 5:38 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

Latest Google Maps provides a small Gingerbread treat?

Thanks to a clever hacker by the name of canadiancow we might have our first glimpse of some of the UI tweaks coming to Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Apparently the latest update to Google Maps (4.6) included several icons and styling for Android’s API level 9, which corresponds with Gingerbread (level 8 is Android 2.2).

By changing the API level in his build.prop file, he was able to display the new UI styling and that is what you see above (old on the left, new on the right). The new UI styling is much darker and uses bright green for the highlights. This matches up with everything I’ve heard from inside sources and it also lines up with Quentyn’s Gingerbread details posted at Phandroid.

Overall it’s not too much to get excited about, but at least it demonstrates how close we are to the official launch of Gingerbread. If new apps from Google already have pieces of Gingerbread baked-in, then the release can’t be far away. Google placed the giant Gingerbread man on their campus on October 22nd and we hear November 11th could be the date most of us are waiting on.

Source: Android Police

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  • http://Website Andrew

    I dunno, part of me like the older styling a bit more. The buttons seem more defined and ‘button-like’…

    Also I wonder if Brut will release an updated version of his unlocked google maps, I’m still on v4.5 as navigation is still not allowed in Australia :(

  • http://Website Jarrod DellaChiesa

    Lovin’ the new “flat” square buttons and darker colors!

  • http://Website dan

    Bring the gingerbread I got enough of horrible gaming and video calls excluding angry birds

  • SGB101

    I to much prefer the buttons on the first pic, simple colour fade but give a Jove rounded look to the button.

    A step back I think.

    I’m ready for the flaming :-!

  • eXtorian

    I dunno – I prefer the FroYo styling. It’s higher contrast, so arguably clearer. It has full width horizontal separator lines which further increase readability (this is also why most tables have horizontal lines separating the rows), and the buttons are 3D. The flat buttons on Gingerbread remind me of my Atari ST and Psion 3 user interface from the mid 90s.

  • asurroca

    I’m liking that flat look; reminds me a lot of the latest version of the Xbox Dashboard that went live this week. If this is what Gingerbread’s going to look like, I’m going to be pleased!

  • http://Website Gee

    This is most likely missing a lot of graphics. Most apps reference to the OS framework for universal graphical UI elements — like this menu popup does. The flat/bareness of it makes me think that it’s missing a lot of the new Gingerbread graphic files leaving only the XML defined (flat black header, flat black background with no separators, etc.) colors to show.

    I expect Gingerbread to look a lot like the 3D gallery, Voice search/actions app, new Youtube app, and Google TV. Basically a dark, glowing version of Froyo.

  • Kamakoozie

    I like the “old” version much better. Especially don’t care for the rounded black corners on the notification bar.

    • http://Website gee

      The rounded corners are from cyanogen mod. The guy just modified the newest gmap apk in a way that forced it to think that it was running in API level 9 / Gingerbread. Its also why I think that Gingerbread will look nothing like that.

  • http://Website Ltown

    ehh…these minor tweaks are inconsequential

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