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Gingerbread, Froyo, & Eclair, Oh My!!!!

Over the last year we have seen three new operating systems come out for Android devices. These operating systems are named after desserts, Gingerbread (2.3), Froyo (2.2), and Eclair (2.0). Each OS brought new and improved features to current Android devices and future devices that are in the works.

All three operating systems were released within six months of each other. Gingerbread, the most recent OS, was officially released December 6th, 2010. Earlier this year we saw the release of Froyo on May 20th, 2010, and at the end of last year, December 3rd, 2009, was the release of Eclair. All of these operating systems brought new and improved features to Android devices to make them more stable and reliable for users throughout the world. As these operating systems continue to be developed we are sure to see many new features to make these already great devices even better.

As each OS was released they improved on the past operating systems. All three operating systems that have been released in the past year have improved on a number of similar features. One feature that Android has been working on to improve in all their operating systems is the camera. Eclair brought to the camera many new features; built in flash support, camera effects, and macro focus. While Froyo improved on these features with its release and added led flash for video and on screen buttons. The only additional feature that Gingerbread brought to the camera was easier access to all cameras on the device. While Eclair brought the most new features to Android devices each operating system after improved on these features to make the camera

With the new release of Gingerbread we saw many improvements to the Android Virtual Keyboard. Gingerbread brought with its release major improvements to the virtual keyboard. These included a redesigned virtual keyboard, a easier to read, larger and more vivid dictionary, faster text input, improved text entry, easier editing, and free selection mode which made track balls on devices unnecessary. With Froyo’s release we saw the addition of multiple Latin based languages for the keyboard, while Eclair brought to Android devices multi-touch support and a smarter dictionary. It will be great to see what the next OS brings to Android’s Virtual Keyboard.

Out of all three of the Android operating systems, Gingerbread brought the most to the table with many new enhancements to the system. The UI has been refined across the system to make it easier to use and faster. The vividness and contrast on the notification bar and menu has been enhanced. Also an improved power management for better application management  for the best possible performance and battery life. There is also better control over applications and to check what applications are active and how much storage and memory they are taking up. Gingerbread also brings users new ways to communicate with Internet calling and NFC (Near Field Communications)*. These are just some of the great features that Gingerbread brings to users, out of all the operating systems thus far Gingerbread has brought the most.

There are significant changes in all three operating systems. Eclair brought many basic enhancements and Froyo improved on those enhancements. Gingerbread, however, is a different story as you can see. It not only improved many of the basics, but it also did a complete overhaul of the system to make any device that is lucky enough to receive it perform better and faster. So far Gingerbread is the best of all the Android desserts.

*NFC relies on wireless technology in device hardware, support for the platform’s NFC features on specific devices is determined by the manufacturers.

Source: Android