Gingerbread arrives

It's been a long time coming, and the subject of needlessly high levels of Google fanboy anticipation... but Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, has finally arrived. The new version of Google's Android mobile operating system has started filtering through to users, though as always with Android, it's up to manufacturers to decide when (or if) to let their users upgrade.

So what's it like? Well, it comes with a host of tweaks which, journos say - we've yet to get upgraded here at Excite Towers - make it much more pleasant to use, everything from improvements to the keyboard to a nifty orange glow which tells you you're at the end of a scrolling list. (Of course, manufacturers tend to skin the hell out of Android, so whether any of the visual improvements will make it through to your phone remains to be seen.)

But it's also notable what Gingerbread doesn't include: the long-awaited changes that are going to make Android play nicely with tablet PCs. These, it seems will have to wait for Android 3.0, aka 'Honeycomb', which will be out some time next year. But we have some more news about that. You might want to check out the next story.

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