After all the previews of the iOS-killer, Android has finally decided to give all their consumers a Christmas gift. We are told that they have officially launched the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. There are a host of changes and new features added to the OS, right from basic functionality to new multimedia features.

The User Interface on a whole has improved with speed and simplicity, where navigation through menus is a faster process. The method of entering text has been improved, where you can use shortcut keys to type in different characters without changing the modes explicitly. The keyboard has been re-shaped and spaced out well so you can type more accurately and a lot faster. The power management, which many Android users have complained of, has been improved too. There is an app that lets you manage all the apps you have either downloaded from the market, off the web or through another app. Communication methods also have something new, with Internet calling where you can make calls to other users who have a SIP account. They’ve included an NFC Reader, which helps you read Near-Field Communication tags in the environment around you.

Apart from all of these there are more features added to provide end users with enhanced gaming and rich multimedia features like a gyroscope sensor for games and more media formats being supported. Unfortunately, there is a small catch to the story as well, the OS is only out for the Nexus One (with an update in a few weeks' time) and the newly launched Nexus S. You can download and read more on the Android over here.

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