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Android 2.3 Gingerbread May Arrive Next Week

Is Google gearing up for a Gingerbread launch? That's the latest speculation based on a Twitter update by Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). According to the post, the developer version of Google's Nexus One will receive Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days.

The news confirms recent reports that the Gingerbread SDK had a projected street date of November 11th. It also confirms that Gingerbread will be Android 2.3, and not the previously rumored 3.0 (the latter possibly linked to tablet development).

Vasquez's LinkedIn profile, found here, is summarized as "responsible for the strategic definition of products and services of the web and mobile platform." His credentials lists the OHA, a group launched alongside Google's Android three years ago to test and promote the platform. The profile shows him as part of the OHA's leadership, usability and testing team.

While Android 2.2 "Froyo" brought speed to the mobile OS, Google's is aiming to change the face of the platform with this next release, offering a cleaner, "greener," more uniform interface. Early reports have indicated that the stock icons have undergone a redesign, and the notification bar has changed colors. Open windows will also have a bouncing effect as seen on iOS and TouchWiz 3.0 devices.

It may still be a while before consumers receive the new update. Some Android-based smartphones won't receive Gingerbread at all due to the update's hardware requirements.