Love me some Gingerbread!

When I first bought the Nexus One, my intentions were to get a powerful phone that fulfills all my requirements. 1GHz Snapdragon sounded yummy. And as the features list went on, I already knew I was going to get it before it was even launched – which drove me to the point of buying the phone on the first day it was released.

What I didn’t know, was that this purchase of mine would be one of the best gadgets investment I would ever make. Not only did the Nexus One became the developer phone for Google, it also became one of the most actively developed phone in the community and also was one of the first models to ever get the Froyo upgrade (Android 2.2).

Now, when I bought the Nexus One, it was on Eclair (Android 2.1). We got an OTA update to Android 2.1-update1 a few weeks later. Then we got Android 2.2 a few months later. Now, while most of the Android users are still waiting to get some Froyo goodness, we have been awarded with the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) AOSP source code! Thanks to the active development in the Android community, this AOSP was immediately put to good use and custom compiled. Today, I have taken the plunge into the Gingerbread goodness and I have some words that I would like to share with the world.

When Froyo was released, it was a major upgrade to the previous Eclair. Wireless tethering was included, performance increased up to 5 times, Froyo A2SD was implemented, and a whole bunch of goodness was included. On Gingerbread, this is driven more towards improvement. An attempt to make things better than they were. How good? I ditched Froyo MIUI ROM for Gingerbread. THAT good :)

First and the most noticeable feature of the Gingerbread is the CRT-like switch off. When the phone is put to sleep mode, a flashy animation makes you want to switch the phone on and off over and over again. A small feature, but pretty impressive. The user interface has been polished a bit. When you are viewing a menu, dragging the menu beyond its stretch will yield an orange gradient – I guess they picked orange to signify the Gingerbread’s color. Somehow, the UI feels a lot more “happier” and easy to get comfortable with. New Android users are going to be happy with this.

Another major improvement is the keyboard. To those of you who will be experiencing Gingerbread soon, I would advise you to keep Swype away for a while and cherish the new keyboard. It really is a whole new experience and a lot of improvement. Not only that, editing text has been added too. While I’m still trying to get used to the text editing, its going to be very useful once its mastered – I have always been into the situation where I needed it.

Another major improvement in the Gingerbread is the applications management. Froyo improved this a lot from Eclair, but Gingerbread is basically perfecting it! I am running A2SD with both cache and dalvik-cache running from the SD card. But going into the applications list took only a few seconds to load the whole list. You will also realize this when you use Titanium Backup. What used to take up to 10 seconds to list all the applications in Froyo, now takes only 2 – 3 seconds to list! The task management has been improved too and I am seeing battery life improvements from now already.

There are several other goodness that came with Gingerbread too which I don’t want to spoil your surprise (or shall I say I have not yet tested :P ). Among them are VP8 & WebM open standards for audio and video introduction as it was shared with us in Google I/O 2010. Also, there is a native support for front and rear camera now. Not to forget some VoIP over SIP implementation which is now default with the Gingerbread.

We knew Android was awesome from its very first day, but its just getting better and better. Android is moving at a very quick pace. At this point, a slowdown in its pace will leave a big impact on its user. At least I don’t hope it ever happens :)


  1. lanujang
    #1 written by lanujang  (8 years ago)

    i may not understand 90% of what’s beind said but i am so jealous… hahaha!

    i want nexus 2… i want nexus 2… :p

  2. admin
    #2 written by admin  (8 years ago)

    You mean Nexus S eh? :P I skipped it just because its a Samsung..Sorry..Very bad experience with the SGS already..

  3. Azizi Ali
    #3 written by Azizi Ali  (8 years ago)

    I own it. its works superb. Nexus S. SGS is not as perfect as Nexus S.

    • Shahz
      #4 written by Shahz  (8 years ago)

      Nexus S wis the successor of the SGS. Instead of building a device from the groundbase, the “refined” the SGS instead. One of the reasons why I didn’t buy the Nexus S other than it being a Samsung :P

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