Rumoured Gingerbread Details
Phandroid posted this article last night, it’s quite lengthy but you’ll want to read all of it. They are giving early details of whats coming with Gingerbread, as well as an incredibly blurry snapshot of the home screen. Surely all these blurry photos of new software/hardware are done on purpose, the fact that a clear picture cannot be taken these days is slightly baffling.
I would take the blurry picture with a pinch of salt, but I’m inclined to believe* it’s real(* read as desperately hoping). From the picture you can see that the task bar colour has been changed to slate grey. I’ve been pining for a change in colour as the cloudy white of the current stock task bar just doesn’t hold up when compared to the sleek black of the Sense UI. You can also see that the launcher icons have been given a lime green colour, apparently this is a key concept in the new UI, there’s more green to match the green of the Android logo.
From what we’ve heard from our source, one of Google’s goals this time around is to work on the look and feel of individual Google apps to make them seem like more of an extension of the OS than just a tacked on accessory.
Other features include the “bounce” effect you see in iOS if you try and scroll past the limits of the current screen. The stock icons have also been redesigned along with support for video chat through Talk like in the browser version now supports. The article does say that Gingerbread may not be ready until early Q1 2011, which puts a bit of a downer on things but looks like it will be worth the wait. For a full list of details hit up the source then let us know what you think in the comments section below.