This week promises to be huge for Android - we've been hearing about the Gingerbread SDK possibly coming out on November 11th, and today an Open Handset Alliance team member Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez announced 2 very important details via his twitter account, namely:

  • Gingerbread will indeed bear version number 2.3, not 3.0
  • it will be hitting developer versions of Nexus One handsets in the next few days


Direct translation of the above, according to Google, is:

Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days:-D

imageThe Open Handset Alliance (OHA) was announced on the same day Android was revealed to the world a bit over 3 years ago, with the sole purpose of promoting the open and free mobile platform. Therefore, I have no reason to believe that Alvaro, who is part of OHA's leadership, usability, and testing team(s) would be deliberately lying about something like this (although anything is possible). Plus, how can a man sporting such a cool Android t-shirt be telling anything but the truth about the beloved OS?

If what he says is indeed true, and the Gingerbread release will be more than just the SDK, I don't imagine it will take long for it to leak out to the masses for all Nexus Ones owners to apply. It does strike me as a bit weird though, as last time the SDK and the Nexus One release were about a month apart.

One thing is certain, with the Samsung conference tomorrow and all the Gingerbread rumors, this week promises to be very-very interesting.

Source: @kron0x

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  • Noel

    Despite the release of all the new flashy devices...my NEXUS ONE still is king in my book. I am glad i got this device...i will always be one of the first to get new Android updates, the phone works flawlessly. I wish there will be a follow up to the N1 with another made still by HTC..w/a 4 inch super amoled screen, dual core Nvidia Tegra chipset, more internal phone storage capacity (16Gb) with a 32Gb micro sd or more external storage capacity, 8-10 megcam/HD, larger battery 2000mAh, front facing cam

    • spyder

      ha ha... dream on... that's the phone everyone is wishing for! But I doubt all that power would be put into a limited-ownership developer's phone. Something that great would be for the masses to enjoy and some major company to reap the benefits of the sale.

    • JokerNJ

      That would be sweet but would miss the point of a developer's device.
      Imagine lots of apps produced to take advantage of that hardware - they wouldnt run properly on 95% of the devices in the wild.

  • theDukeW

    Didn't know there was a difference between the nexus sold to devs and the one sold to the masses on the (now closed) Google store... So... 2nd in line instead? Btw, the N1 rocks!

    • VanAlbumen

      Don't think there are any differences, but N1 only available to registered devs now.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Google can likely easily identify dev devices and push out updates to those first.

  • CodeMonkey

    2nd in line (non-dev n1) suits me fine.

    No point in an update that breaks all my apps.

    • irishgandalf

      You can bet if it's for dev only N1s someone will put it up on XDA for non dev N1s to flash at will. That's the beauty of Open Source.

  • Drew

    DROID 2 already started OTA 2.3 updates this weekend. My supervisor has one and just installed it. I have a Evo so im sure i'll be waiting for a while.. =(

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No way. Show us the proof please.

  • Drew

    Soon as I see him again i will take a screen pic of the update. Hold please....

  • Drew

    Ok...Droid 2 has a new System version update as 2.3.20.A955.. its not the Android version as i thought.

  • Richard

    HTC evo #1 device on the market will recieve gingerbread right after the nexus one release just like what when froyo came out. HTC/sprint stays on top of there updates for there flagship devices....the worst at updates are 1. Samsung. 2. Motorola...then worst carriers 1. At&t 2.Verizon 3. T-mo...inshort Samsung is still stuck on 2.1 which is a crime at least the droid2 and G2 came out the box as well as the MYTOUCH 4G with froyo the same thing the galaxy line of devices should have done.....Right now the HTC EVO 4G RULES ANDROID