We’re too damn excited to even write up much of a post. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is now official, the SDK is out and this sweet video has been released that talks about all of the technical goodies involved. Watch it now!
UPDATE 2: The 2.3 SDK is also live…
New APIs and technologies include:
Enhancements for game development: To improve overall responsiveness, we’ve added a new concurrent garbage collector and optimized the platform’s overall event handling. We’ve also given developers native access to more parts of the system by exposing a broad set of native APIs. From native code, applications can now access input and sensor events, EGL/OpenGL ES, OpenSL ES, and assets, as well a new framework for managing lifecycle and windows. For precise motion processing, developers can use several new sensor types, including gyroscope.
Rich multimedia: To provide a great multimedia environment for games and other applications, we’ve added support for the new video formats VP8 and WebM, as well as support for AAC and AMR-wideband encoding. The platform also provides new audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost.
New forms of communication: The platform now includes support for front-facing camera, SIP/VOIP, and Near Field Communications (NFC), to let developers include new capabilities in their applications.
More on the SDK here.
Update 3: Nexus S announced. Available for $529 unlocked with no contract or $199 on 2-year contract with T-Mobile. Can purchase on December 16th at Best Buy and bestbuy.com. Google phone gallery page is also live with info.
Update 4: Nexus S official specs.
Highlights in the video:
- New forms of communication (video chatting)
- NFC (near field communication)