Google promised that Android 2.3 would hit the Nexus One sometime soon, but if you’re not willing to wait any longer for a taste of Gingerbread, there are a few apps on the Market which should be enough to hold you over. Steven Lin has published three applications which bring the Android 2.3 Launcher, Keyboard, and Live Wallpaper from the Nexus S to most Android 2.1 and 2.2 devices.
As many of you already know, hacked versions of these apps have been available in various forums for quite some time. But thanks Steven’s work, users no longer need to have a rooted phone or know how to use ADB to install these apps on their devices. Simply do a search for “Steven Lin” in the Android Market and you’ll find all three Gingerbread applications.
Steven is still trying to work out some compatibility issues with a few specific devices, but if you’ve running on Android 2.2 you should be pretty safe. Give the apps a try and let us know what you think.
Gingerbread Keyboard Installation Instructions
- After installation, go to Menu > Settings > Language and Keyboard and check the box next to “Gingerbread Keyboard”
- Long press in any text field and select “Input Method”
- Select “Gingerbread Keyboard” to use the newly installed keyboard.