Is this the make-over we've all been waiting for?
Android version 2.0 has been much speculated upon, until now nothing concrete had arisen - so an extensive walkthrough hadn't been something we were anticipating. BGR has managed to snag this impressive exclusive however and based on its findings it is an update that can't come soon enough.
Improvements are both cosmetic and feature driven with a more sophisticated new look complimented by native Exchange support (including a unified inbox for multiple email accounts), Facebook contacts integration (webOS-style) and the addition of 'Layers' to Google Maps (Wikipedia, Google Latitude, traffic/transit overlays).
Interestingly, it is also reported that the beginnings of multi-touch finger recognition are starting to appear with two-finger tapping in Maps to zoom out, though gestures still remain absent on Android (unless you have an HTC Hero). The Webkit browser receives attention too with a visual make-over, support for double tapping to zoom in and out and greatly optimised page rendering times.
Other major additions are 'Car Home' (a custom homescreen driving relevant functions like voice search, directions, viewing a map, contacts and search), built-in haptic feedback, text-to-speech and greater Accessibility customisation options. On the downside the music player and gallery seem largely unchanged and improvements have been widely called for.
Wisely BGR does warn this is a very early build so a great deal could still change (for better or worse depending on how ambitious Google gets). That said, it is a hugely promising upgrade and, given its support for multi-tasking, takes Android a sizeable step closer towards becoming the best smartphone OS around...