So Android 2.3 is being rolled out the next few days, and will be available on the Nexus One and the new Nexus S initially. It’s got some much needed UI tidying up (till HTC get to it), but here’s what else is cool in it:
iPhone-esque Select, Copy and Paste
You can now select a group of text easily without using the trackball.
Tapping on a single word also selects it.
Front Facing Camera
Sure lots of third party apps will support this, but I wonder if we’ll see a Google FaceTime competitor? They’ve got the infrastructure in place, so I’m sure it’s coming..
NFC– Near Field Communications
Think of this as QR codes without the aggravation of having to fire up the camera and waiting for focus. Expect these to be popping up everywhere over the next 12-18 months.
- ‘Overscroll’ – kinda like bounce scroll on iPhone, an effect to hint when you get to the beginning or end of a scrollable area
- Support for ‘Extra Large’ Screens – hints at tablet support finally coming
- Download Manager – universal across all apps, something iOS currently lacks
- SIP Support – make phone calls over the web
- Extended sensor support- gyroscope, rotation vector, linear acceleration, gravity, and barometer hardware now supported
- VP8 and WebM- video codecs Google are pushing for HTML5 video
Here’s the official summary video: