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Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' coming in the Q4?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 May 2010 11:16 User comments (3)

Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' coming in the Q4? This week, Google subtly noted that Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" is set for a Q4 2010 release.
The date was shown off inside the FAQ for the new WebM video format. Google's latest update, 2.2 "Froyo" is expected to be launched today at the I/O conference, which is now in its second day.

WebM is Google's new open source video codec, built on the VP8 codec that was originally developed by On2. Last year, Google purchased On2 for $124 million USD. For audio, the codec uses open source Ogg Vorbis.

The open source codec is Google's answer to the current HTML5 video format war. HTML5 allows for native video embedding in web pages, removing the need for plug-ins like Adobe's Flash or Microsoft's Silverlight. The standard does not specify which format will be used, and that has led to Apple and Microsoft pushing the expensive H.264 format, while Google, Opera, and Mozilla among others are pushing for free, open source formats.

Widespread smartphone HTML5 support is not expected for some time, adds MobileBurn, but Android users will likely see the start of strong support with "Gingerbread."

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3 user comments

120.5.2010 21:38

We users be able to upgrade from 2.2 or even 2.1?

221.5.2010 00:13

Most likely...but without root, you have to wait for your cell company to get around to releasing an update.

323.5.2010 15:40

Originally posted by mike.m:
We users be able to upgrade from 2.2 or even 2.1?

If the service provider and possibly the phone maker, chooses to update that device, then yes.

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