Most Anticipated Android Gingerbread 2.3 Features, Page 2
6. Voice Over WIFI
If reports are true, Google's also adding session initiation protocol (SIP) support in its Google Voice application to allow users to receive calls to their Google Voice numbers over Wi-Fi and cellular data. "We've heard that the actual updated Voice application might not be ready for Gingerbread's release, but the underlying framework has already been checked in. Unfortunately, it sounds like this'll be a Gingerbread-exclusive feature," writes Kennemer. This could be a cool feature for Android users who don't have a voice plan with a cell phone provider.
7. Improved Copy and Paste
Anyone who owns a Droid can tell you that copy and paste is a little clunky right now. Android 2.3 is reportedly going to make this better, but there have been no details leaked on how Google plans to improve copy and paste.
It's expected that Google's open source WebM video container format will be included in Gingerbread. Google purchased On2 Technologies in early 2010 and with it they got the VP8 open video compression format. In May, the company launched the WebM Project in an effort to solidify VP8 as the HTML5 codec of choice. It makes sense that Android will take advantage of WebM and VP8.
9. New "Screen Off" Animation
No details are yet available about what this means, but Gethin over at Zimbio reported that this is a "confirmed feature" for Gingerbread.
What's known about Android 2.3 is based on rumors and unnamed sources, so you'll have to just wait and see what actually makes it into Gingerbread and what ends up on the cutting room floor.
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Keith Vance is a software engineer and a journalist. He's been developing web applications professionally since 1997 and he received his journalism degree from the University of Washington in 2008.