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Android 2.3 Spotted In Hong Kong

David Gilbert


We’re sure that people around the world are getting fed up of Google’s constant teasing of the Android 2.3 update supposedly called (but not confirmed) Gingerbread. Well it’s at it again with the release/leak of an official Google Hong Kong video showing off voice search on the updated OS.

The video is in Cantonese and we can’t really follow what is going on other than it is showing off a new Google Voice Search application. The phone in use is apparently a Nexus One and we get a few brief glimpses of what the update may bring us in terms of visuals. Other than this we have only glimpsed Gingerbread for the briefest of seconds a few weeks back when Google head honcho Eric Schmidt showed off a Google Nexus S running Android 2.3.

Schmidt did tell us at the Web Summit 2.0 that Gingerbread would be with us in a couple of weeks time though we’ve heard nothing since. The video mostly shows off cosmetic changes, which look smart enough including a third tab in Market now, which is for related applications.

Here’s the video for you to make up your own mind but we will be hoping that when the update is released after all this build up we will get more than what is on show here.


December 3, 2010, 11:57 pm

Don't get it... i have Voice search on 2.2 =S

What's the difference between 2.3?


December 4, 2010, 4:50 pm

I wish they'd redesign the floating search box - the UI is heavy, ugly and uses way too much screen space for what it.

But Android's really come on in the last 18 months hasn't it?


December 4, 2010, 5:26 pm

you can also see gingerbread android on the new psp phone.


December 4, 2010, 8:53 pm

Heh, I wasn't watching too carefully. And I thought that the person bought the Android 2.3 app from the apple app store. And it turned his iPhone into an android handet. Bit like running and other OS through VMware.


December 5, 2010, 7:02 pm

The first bit of the video showed you how to download it from App store and configure it. And the rest of the video then showed you how voice search works under android. Interesting features includes ability mix Cantonese and English inputs (2:05 - IFC restaurant with the word "restaurant" in Cantonese) , and asking questions like "16 pounds is worth how many kg" (2:28).

Saying that though, the dude demo-ing it had a really unnatural mechanical voice even when he's speaking to the camera. Maybe that's what happens when you worked in google for too long.


December 5, 2010, 11:45 pm

GT = Google Translate. :)

Just seen those features from my Froyo. I presume it's slicker on Gingerbread?

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