I woke up this morning to a slew of tip emails stating that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is definitely coming out on December 6. I initially decided to pass it up (at this point, I'm so sick of Gbread rumors that I almost don't care anymore), but for the sake of you, dear reader, I thought I'd pass it along. The reason for the latest rumor is that Notion Ink posted on their blog stating the following:

6th December is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. (Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3)

Having said that I'm sick of all the rumors, it follows that I'm also now extremely skeptical (hell, even pessimistic) every time I hear a new one, so this may just be my own annoyance... but I'm not sold on this one. I think we're definitely getting close, and for that reason alone it's possible, but the Internet is making this out to be a certainty (here and here, for example), and I don't agree.

As far as I'm concerned, Notion Ink will release some details showing (or describing) the Adam running Gingerbread. I just find it hard to imagine that Google would be thrilled with them revealing the official release date. Then again, Google's holding a Chrome OS conference on December 7th, and releasing a hotly anticipated Android update on Monday and Chrome OS on Tuesday seems like a very Google thing to do, and would certainly be enough to bump the stock price.

Who knows... at this point, I'd say there's a 65% chance that the December 6th date is correct. There's a lot of speculation here, and you know my thoughts. What do you think?

Addition by Artem: considering the previous speculation that Andy Rubin, who is going to be speaking at D: Dive Into Mobile, may announce Gingerbread was centered around the same date - December 6th, I'd say this new Notion Ink-sparked rumor has some legs.

[Source: Notion Ink. Thanks for the tips, Arthur M, Itay G, and Mike @ AndroidHeadlines]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    Don't know.... and don't even care anymore. =/

    • Aaron Gingrich


    • Al

      I feel the same way. I was excited when I saw the gingerbread man being set up outside google and was eagerly awaiting an official release. But now i just think 'meh' when another rumour comes out.

  • edaddy

    Don't know either but I CARE! I DO CARE!!

    • RockinEvo

      I felt the same once that incredible hulk gingerbread was put up I was all over each rumor, now I'm at the point where it gets here when it gets here.

  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com alchemist007

    My theory, Google don't want Gingerbread to steal Chrome OS's thunder, (a lot of Google's cloud success depends on Chrome OS success) Chrome event is on 7th and I think Gingerbread event will follow. Will be really surprised if Gingerbread is released on 6th!

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Funny... I originally had said the same thing in the post, then thought about it and flopped sides. I agree, but I'm 51-49 that they WOULD do it. If it were the other way around (Chrome the 6th, Android the 7th) then I'd agree, but right now... well, like I said, 51-49 ;)

  • Eggcake

    "As far as I’m concerned, Notion Ink will release some details showing (or describing) the Atom running Gingerbread."

    You mean Adam..?

    I'm really looking forward to Gingerbread, but actually I don't listen to any rumours anymore...it's done when it's done.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Whoops, heh, thanks. Fixed :)

      And, agreed.

  • Bertaud Ngomsi

    I think we may be wrongly interpreting what was said. It may just be that Notion Ink is themselves also speculating that Gingerbread will drop on Dec 6 and that if so, could be implemented in the Adam because "eden is extremely compatible with 2.3". I have been paying attention to the blog for a while now and they have been very open and transparent about updates regarding the adam (the exception is "bonus mystery feature") so it seems out of character to me that they would now be secretive about gbread. Just a consideration...

  • Cesar

    During the web 2.0 summit nov.15th, Google's ceo said gingerbread will be released in the next few weeks. I think those next few weeks is right around now. On december the 6th it will be 3 weeks since he mentioned that. So I think it's highly possible. I hope....

  • TheNinja

    I too, no longer care. When it's out, great. 'Til then, whatever.

  • PhineasJW

    Here's Notion Ink's statement from back in October:

    "We will have the device before the year ends. It will be introduced at a major event after which you can order it online. It has to be placed strategically, as this is our maiden effort. Whatever has happened cannot be changed, but with the support we are getting from all, we might just become a part of the history. Also on the pricing, all the 3 devices will be lower than even the basic model of iPad."

    Sure sounds like they'll be part of the Gingerbread launch.

  • TareX

    For me, the only thing I care about regarding this rumor is the fact Nexus S' announcement will indisputably accompany Gingerbread's (also on December 6th), and we'll find out if there's a dual core Orion or a last-gen Hummingbird inside.... We might also be able to preorder -and receive- it well before Christmas.

    Does T-Mobile 3G work in Canada? I'll have to research that first....

  • Noel

    Lets just wait and see...but if the 6th goes by with no Gingerbread love...my best bet would be the dec 13th...during the Google 4hr media party event....eitherway its way past overdue for some Gingerbread...release it already and start prepping for Honeycomb

  • Curtis

    Sooo nothing happened yet for droid x atleast

  • digitalis

    OTA arrived today 2 March

  • digitalis

    OTA arrived today 2 March for Nexus One