What is Android Gingerbread? - The version 2.3 of Android


Android Gingerbread the version 2.3 of android and the version which was released by android after the version 2.2 which was Android Froyo.


1. What is Android Gingerbread?

Initial version 2.3 of the Android Gingerbread was released on 6th December 2010 by the Android as the API9 or the version 9 of Android API. The Android Gingerbread was built on top of the Linux kernel 2.6.35.

After the initial release of the Android Gingerbread, there were another 7 updates which were published by the Android or Google or Alphabet Inc for the Android Gingerbread code name in different timelines.


Android VersionAndroid APICode NameReleased Date
2.3
API 9
Android Gingerbread
6th December 2010
2.3.1December 2010
2.3.2January 2011
2.3.3
API 10
9th February 2011
2.3.428th April 2011
2.3.525th July 2011
2.3.62nd September 2011
2.3.721st September 2011


2. Features of Android Gingerbread?

From all 7 updates which were published into the Android Gingerbread code name, Android has tried to strengthen up the solution to run smoother, faster and securely.

2.1 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3

The initial version of Android version 2.3 or the Android Gingerbread was released on 6th of December 2010. The version 2.3 of Android carried a set of features which didn't had on previous android phones. The version 2.3 of android gingerbread was released on top of the Linux kernel 2.6.35 and recognized as the 9th API of android or the API 9 of android.


  • A revamped and updated user interface design where android has increased the simplicity and the speed.
  • Capability to support extra large displays in size and resolutions for the android OS.
  • Capability to support SIP VoIP native for the first time in Android OS for internet telephony.
  • Capability to access faster text input via the virtual keyboard with improved accuracy with better suggestions based on the previous user records.
  • Capability to copy and paste functionality by press and after selecting a word by the touch panel.
  • Capability to use audio effects to reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization and bass boost to ensure the high quality audio experience to the user.
  • Accessibility to a new download manager which allows the users to access to the file location of the downloaded files from an email, browser or by another application.
  • Capability to support multiple cameras in a single device, mostly like the front facing camera in many devices.
  • Capability to support WebM/VP8 video playback and ACC audio encoding by the operating itself without a third party app or a library.
  • Enhanced and improved power management features which allows the device to stay standby for longer time period.
  • Improved and enhanced supportive to the native codes.
  • Change in the file format from YAFFS to ext4 on newer devices from the factory itself.
  • Enhancements in the SDK which allows the enhanced capability to audio, graphical and inputs for game developments.
  • Enhanced features to increase performances by executing concurrent garbage collection and memory recycling.
  • Supportive capability to sensors native with the stock android without third part components.


2.2 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3.1

The version 2.3.1 of Android Gingerbread was released on December 2010, after a very short time period of the initial release version of the gingerbread 2.3. Since there were no changes done to the API 9 core, the gingerbread version 2.3.1 was released under the same API 9.
  • Usability enhancements in the Gingerbread version 2.3.
  • Bug fixes focused on Google's Nexus S.

2.3 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3.2

The version 2.3.2 of Android Gingerbread was released on January 2011, after a very short time period of the initial release version of the gingerbread 2.3. Since there were no changes done to the API 9 core, the gingerbread version 2.3.2 was released under the same API 9.
  • Usability enhancements in the Gingerbread version 2.3.1.
  • Bug fixes focused on Google's Nexus S.

2.4 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3.3

The version 2.3.3 of Android Gingerbread was released on 9th of February 2011 after about a month of time period launching the android Gingerbread 2.3.2 of Android. There were changes done to the API 9 and the Gingerbread 2.3.3 was published on top of the API 10 of Android.
  • Enhancements and improvements to the core modules of the Android OS.
  • API bug fixes and enhancements to better performance.

2.5 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3.4

The version 2.3.4 of Android Gingerbread was released on 28th of April 2011 on top of the newest API which was available for Android which was API 10.


  • Capability to support voice and video chat by using the Google Talk.
  • Availability of open accessory library support.
  • Changing default encryption to SSL RC4-MD5 from SSL AES256-SHA.

2.6 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3.5

The version 2.3.5 of Android Gingerbread was released on 25th July 2011 under the API 10 after the Android Gingerbread version 2.3.4.
  • Improved and enhancements done to the performance factors of the Nexus S 4G to ensure smooth user experience.
  • Bug fixes focused on Nexus S 4G.
  • Improved and enhanced Gmail application.
  • User interface change which allows the user to experience shadow animations for list scrolling by using the touch panel.
  • Enhancements into the camera firmware and software application.
  • Improved and enhanced battery performance by using the performance manager and few other power management features.

2.7 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3.6

The Android Gingerbread version 2.3.6 was released on 2nd of September 2011 under the API version 10 of the Android.
  • Bug fixed on voice search.

2.8 Features of Android Gingerbread v 2.3.7

The Android version 2.3.7, the final version of the android gingerbread was released as an update on 21st of September 2011 under the API 10.
  • Availability to access Google Wallet which supports Nexus S 4G with the use of NFC.