Android Gingerbread

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Android Gingerbread
A version of the Android operating system
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Android 2.3.7 on an Android SDK emulator.
Initial releaseDecember 6, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-12-06)[1]
Latest release2.3.7_r1 (GWK74)[2] / September 21, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-09-21)
Kernel typeMonolithic Kernel (Linux Kernel)
Preceded byAndroid 2.2.3 "Froyo"
Succeeded byAndroid 3.0 "Honeycomb" (tablets)
Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" (smartphones)
Support status

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the seventh version of Android, a codename of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google and released in December 2010, for versions that are no longer supported. The Gingerbread release introduced support for near field communication (NFC)—used in mobile payment solutions—and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)—used in VoIP internet telephones.[3] The first phone with Android Gingerbread was the Nexus S

Gingerbread's user interface was refined in many ways, making it easier to master, faster to use, and more power-efficient. A simplified color scheme with a black background gave vividness and contrast to the notification bar, menus, and other user interface components. Improvements in menus and settings resulted in easier navigation and system control.

The Nexus S smartphone, released in December 2010, was the first phone from the Google Nexus line that ran Gingerbread, and also the first one from the line with built-in NFC functionality.[4]

Starting on the 27th of September 2021, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread or lower. Now requiring Android 3.0 (on tablets) or 4.0 (phone and tablets) to login.[5]

As of April 2020, statistics issued by Google indicate that 0.2% of all Android devices accessing Google Play run Gingerbread.[6]


New features introduced by Gingerbread include the following:

  • Updated user interface design, providing increased ease-of-use and efficiency.
  • Support for extra-large screen sizes and resolutions (WXGA and higher).
  • Native support for SIP VoIP internet telephones.
  • Improved text input using the virtual keyboard, with improved accuracy, better text suggestions, and voice input capability.
  • Enhanced copy/paste functionality, allowing users to select a word by press-holding, copying, and pasting.
  • Support for Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing the user to read NFC tags embedded in posters, stickers, or advertisements.
  • New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost.
  • New Download Manager, giving users easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email, or another application.
  • Support for multiple cameras on the device, including a front-facing camera, if available.
  • Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding.
  • Improved power management, including more active management of power-consuming applications.
  • Enhanced support for native code development.
  • A switch from YAFFS to ext4 file system on newer devices.
  • Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers.
  • Concurrent garbage collection for increased performance.
  • Native support for more sensors (such as gyroscopes and barometers).
  • The first Android easter egg, which depicts the Android mascot standing beside a zombified gingerbread man in a field of other zombies talking on cell phones, presumably Android smartphones.
Three modern phones showing Android Gingerbread's Easter Egg image

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Android 2.3 Platform and Updated SDK Tools".
  2. ^ "Android Source". Google Git.
  3. ^ Graham, Flora (December 7, 2010). "What's new in Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread?". CNET. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Hollister, Sean (November 15, 2010). "The Nexus S: a closer look". Engadget. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Pollack, Zak (July 26, 2021). "Sign-in on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower will not be allowed starting September 27". Google. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "Distribution dashboard". Android Developers. Retrieved May 14, 2019.

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