|A version of the Android operating system|
Android 2.3.7 on an Android SDK emulator
|Initial release||December 6, 2010|
|Latest release||2.3.7 (GWK74) / September 21, 2011|
|Preceded by||Android 2.2.3 "Froyo"|
|Succeeded by||Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" (Tablets)|
Android "Gingerbread" is a codename of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google and released in December 2010, for versions that are no longer supported. The Gingerbread release introduced support for near field communication (NFC)—used in mobile payment solutions—and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)—used in VoIP internet telephony.
Gingerbread's user interface was refined in many ways, making it easier to master, faster to use, and more power-efficient. A simplified color scheme with a black background gave vividness and contrast to the notification bar, menus, and other user interface components. Improvements in menus and settings resulted in easier navigation and system control.
Gingerbread uses version 2.6.35 of the Linux kernel.
As of September 5, 2016, statistics issued by Google indicate that 1.5% of all Android devices accessing Google Play run Gingerbread.
New features introduced by Gingerbread include the following:
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