Our friend Artem Russakovskii, over at Android Police is reporting that some of his sources very close to Android say that the Gingerbread SDK will be available next week. It’s worthy to note that Artem, a die hard Android Evangelist, Advocate and Blogger, rarely gets it wrong.
With the release of the Gingerbread SDK we will find the answer to the ever nagging question, just what release number is Gingerbread? The next evolution in the sweet Android saga was alleged to be Android 3.0 “Gingerbread” however while attending IFA earlier this year in Berlin Germany, we realized that people were calling Gingerbread 2.3 and Honeycomb 3.0. A google of Gingerbread out there in Germany showed a slew of articles calling Gingerbread 2.3 dating back to July.
Google’s Hugh Barra, said earlier this year that Android 2.2 “Froyo” was not optimized for tablets, despite rolling out with the Google Apps/Experience suite on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. While Gingerbread should allow the first ventures into official “Android Tablets” that can bare the “With Google” on the back, Honeycomb is believed to be the version of Android designed specifically with Tablets in mind. You may remember that Android Swag’s Aaron Kasten, leaked the name Honeycomb back in late July as well.
In addition to the release number (which really isnt THAT important) the SDK will show the latest API calls and OS functionality as well as give access to the emulator which will provide an official look at what Gingerbread will look like.
If I was a betting man I’d follow Artem’s lead however this is still just rumor, we’ll see next week
Source: Android Police