Gingerbread was previously thought to be a major revision for Google’s Android OS, but recently many are considering Gingerbread to be an incremental build, with the major revision, up to Android 3.0, saved for Android Honeycomb, the version that will come following Gingerbread.If the recent update to the Google Maps program is any indication, Android 2.3 Gingerbread will probably have a crisper, more modern UI design element. Android blog Android Police first spotted the difference between the updated Google Maps program and its prior release and noticed that the new pop-up dialogue box has a darker tone and bolder appearance. You can see the new dialogue box in the image on the left hand side and compare it to the older version on the right hand side. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is speculated to follow a similar design cue. It’s also unclear if Google will begin integrating more tablet-ready elements into Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The mobile software maker has publicly admitted that its current Android 2.2 Froyo version is not designed for tablets, and that it will be working on integrating tablet functionality into future builds. Right now, tablets that are designed and released with Android 2.2, despite having a larger 7- or 10-inch display, is basically an enlarged Android phone as a tablet UI was not considered or built-into Android or many of the third-party apps. On Samsung’s recent Galaxy Tab, the tablet maker had to re-write a number of native apps, including the email app, to give it a tablet user experience with a two-pane view in the program, similar to what Apple had done on the iPad. Other than a number of re-written apps, other third-party and non-native apps will pretty much just scale up and won’t offer that tablet experience with two panes or display additional information on the screen.
For its part, Samsung is being bullish on its tablet endeavors. The company’s India division has promised an upgrade for the Galaxy Tab to both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb.