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[Click to enlarge] The Android Market has received a shiny new makeover.  (Source: Android Police)
New high res graphics and video links appear to be getting the go-ahead

Rumor has it Google will launch its next version of Android, Android 2.3 "Gingerbread", sometime very soon.  Nobody knows quite what's in the new release exactly, but there's been plenty of rumors regarding what kinds of tricks the company might pull out.

According to Android leaks site Android Police, Google has quietly rolled out a significant overhaul to its Android Market that may constitute part of the gingerbready goodness.

Under the new rules and regulations, apps must have a 512w x 512h, 24 bit PNG or JPEG (no alpha) high-resolution icon.  Developers now also get to put up a single 1024w x 500h, 24 bit PNG or JPEG (no alpha).  They can also put a link to a promotional video on YouTube.

While only one is mandatory, developers can currently add two 320w x 480h, 480w x 854h, or 480w x 800h graphics.  That count will soon be increased to eight images.

Overall these updates should help to improve the app market and make it more on par with Apple's iTunes App store.  They also should help users better decide on apps for their high-res Android smart phones.

According to a letter from Google to its developers:
You are able to submit these from the Developer Console, similar to descriptions. In the Market app, these notes will appear under the app description as "Recent changes."
So does that mean that the company is finally going to roll out Gingerbread?  And will the carriers and hardware partners update their handsets in a timely fashion?  We can only hope.

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2.3? How about 2.2?
By Solandri on 11/18/2010 4:32:54 PM , Rating: 5
A lot of us are still waiting for our service providers to roll out the 2.2 Froyo update. I may just break down and root the damn thing.

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By PAPutzback on 11/18/2010 4:36:44 PM , Rating: 3
You might as well root it if you plan on getting 2.3 anytime soon.

I'd expect Fresh or Cyanogen to have a 2.3 ROM available within 3 - 5 days. Why wait for your Provider to butcher it.

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By hans007 on 11/18/2010 7:49:04 PM , Rating: 2
i dont think they are quite that fast. cyanogen builds from source so it takes him more like a month for even htc phones which he is very good at supporting in particular.

that said, when he's motivated he'll get it out fast. i just rooted my G2 and got CM 6.1 rc1 on it, and its been a pretty smooth ride.

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By JonnyBlaze on 11/18/2010 9:32:59 PM , Rating: 2
It took them about a week to get Froyo out. The Nexus one always comes first the other phones don't take too much longer.

Keep an eye on CCRoms. Sapphire is a lot better than Cyanogen for the Droid.

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By meepstone on 11/18/2010 4:49:15 PM , Rating: 5
Your carrier must of hired guys from Blizzard to work on the update to your phone!

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By theapparition on 11/18/2010 5:04:57 PM , Rating: 3
Carriers don't upgrade the software/firmware, only manufacturers do. They have to integrate thier features (bloat) and ensure driver compatability with thier specific hardware. It then goes to the carriers for validation testing. Any major bugs sends it back to the manufacturer to start the cycle again.

Most phones saw Froyo about 3-5 months after Google released the SDK. Some high end phones are still waiting, like the Galaxy S class line.

I expect Gingerbread to have quite the wait as well. Probably early next year for updates, if the manufacturer even decides to. Thier developement teams will be busy working on the next platforms that make money rather than bother updating old designs that make them no profit.

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By DanNeely on 11/18/2010 10:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
The manufacturer might be the one doing the hard work, but if the carrier doesn't bless it (either because they're too cheap to do validation testing and spend bandwidth pushing it, or because they want your old phone to suck so you buy a new one) it won't get out. You can find a number of older/lower spec android phones that only have 2.1 support for specific carriers while others are leaving them stuck with 1.x.

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By defter on 11/19/2010 9:48:10 AM , Rating: 2
You are doing it wrong. You should wait for the phone manufacturers to roll out the 2.2 update.

RE: 2.3? How about 2.2?
By Solandri on 11/19/2010 1:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Samsung Galaxy S. It was updated to 2.2 in certain European countries nearly a month ago, so it would seem Samsung has done their job. My service provider is doing something or asking Samsung to do something which is delaying it further.

gingy feature? accelerated UI? pretty please google?
By mackx on 11/19/2010 5:35:56 AM , Rating: 2
any mention of a gpu accelerated UI? my desire is laggy at times, even when overclocked and running an aosp rom. the performance increase (at least as far as the feel of it would go) would be huge with this.

RE: gingy feature? accelerated UI? pretty please google?
By rcc on 11/19/2010 12:45:56 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, the new phones will have a PCI-E connector on the side so you can plug in your favorite nVidia or AMD/ATI card. Battery life is questionable, however.

By FITCamaro on 11/19/2010 12:52:24 PM , Rating: 1
Valid question to lame joke. Bravo.

By deputc26 on 11/19/2010 7:55:40 PM , Rating: 3
Yep this is the one thing Android needs most imo, a GPU accelerated UI. I sort of doubt gingerbread will have it though, I'll bet it won't be til honeycomb.

By tommo123 on 11/20/2010 2:25:11 AM , Rating: 2
IMO?, this is was 2.2 should have been. the JIT compiler was nice, but (at least for me) didn't make that much of a diff.

it would also remove a clear attack point for iphone users. when they see my android phone they attack it for it's lag at times.

come on google!

Hell, yes!
By bug77 on 11/18/2010 6:24:06 PM , Rating: 1
512x512 PNGs! Woohoo! That's what was holding me back from jumping onto the Android wagon.

Seriously, if these are actually worth mentioning, there really isn't much to Gingerbread.

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