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Android 2.3 User Guide Released (Updated)

Don’t feel like waiting to find out every single detail that’s included in Android 2.3?  Then download the user guide now.  We’ll be diving into this beast over the next few hours, so if you want us to do the dirty work then stay right here as we’ll be updating this post.

Download it here.  

Standard 5 homescreens:

New notification bar:

Enhanced keyboard:

Application management tweaks:

New way to manage downloads:

Internet calling over wi-fi:

Updated Calendar:

Camera UI and switching between multiple cameras:

Those are the biggies, but you’ll definitely want to download this thing and look through the NFC category and just see all of the other tweaks included in this new Android version.

Cheers Mike!

  • Ryan C

    Is it just me or does this look less like vanilla android, having the black notification bar, and the new battery and data icons and more like SenseUI or other various ROMs weve seen.

  • Jawshua

    You know what I want in an update on my DROIDX? A fix to three damn speakers! God, compared to my original Droid the DROIDX's speakers are just complete garbage! I absolutelyg hate how much these speakers suck! The speakers were amazing on OG Droid but then they gave us this tiny slit (add joke here) of a speaker! They sound as bad as my iPod Touch!

    Please Droid Life, I beg you, talk to Google out Motorola and tell them how horrible the speakers are on three DROIDX!?

  • InvaderDJ

    Any word on hardware acceleration? Google said Gingerbread is faster, but don't know if that means it is GPU accelerated like iOS and Windows Phone 7. That was one of my main hopes for Gingerbread.

  • wolverinefan

    Does anyone known if 2.3 coming to DROID x the real ginger bread not this new bs OTA

  • Mwhartman

    I have most of this with the MIUI rom! So what's new??????????

  • RoadsterHD1

    yeah i'm not seeing anything real significant. Chevy already has all that.

  • Chris

    2.3 doesn't sound like that great of an update. It sounds like just a minor update since i already have apps that are better then most of the new features.

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  • Higher_Ground

    meh, still doesn't make sammiches 🙁


    Inline spell checker would be nice.

  • versusxiii

    I'm kind of disappointed. The UI looks nice in my personal opinion, but I feel like they only did half the job leaving many of the application backgrounds white (Voice, Messanging) while turning others to black to match with the rest of the UI theme.

    Other than the UI though, there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of bulk in 2.3 like many of us believed. While scanning through the user manual, I wasn't shocked at any particular feature, though they did throw a few small things in. 🙁

    • It's a nice step, but let's just wait to see what is brewing for honeycomb.

    • I think it has quite a few nice new features. SIP calling, NFC reader, better download manager (finally), better keyboard, better copy/paste. I'm pretty excited. NFC especially has a lot of possibilities.

      • versusxiii

        Doesn't NFC require special hardware in the phone? I'm not aware if the original Droid has the hardware, but I doubt it does.

        • Yeah the phone has to be designed to use NFC. It definitely won't work with the Droid, but it's a nice feature to have for upcoming phones.

  • rals

    Your the man Kell for tearing into this and ripping out the good pieces.

  • Tom

    so will it run on MOTO Droid? i believe it wont, but here's hopin!!

    • I doubt it will hit the D1 with an OTA update, but I expect there to be many 2.3 ROMS for the D1.

    • check the previous article to see how everyone feels about it.

  • mlawlor777

    maybe this is an ignorant question because honestly i didnt do any research on it but will 2.3 keep the 3-D gallery? its one thing that makes my OG droid somewhat cool still lol

  • aczm1988

    Just me or is the new launcher horrible looking squared off?

  • themiddleman

    Pretty Sweeet!

  • zizzybaloobah

    “The file is damaged and could not be repaired”.
    (Not unlike the brains of those who relish being first to post a comment on articles here)

    • You're just mad cause Somebody beat you by eight minutes

  • Annon