Android 2.3.3 vs Android 2.4 | Gingerbread 2.3.3 vs 2.4 Performance, Speed and Features
Android 2.3.3 and Android 2.4 are two new updates to Android platform. Android 2.3.3 is a revision of Android 2.3 whereas Android 2.4 is a major release. Android 2.4 is a hybrid of Android 2.3.3 (Android 2.3 Gingerbread) and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Mobile phone manufactures are on the race to make their devices more power packed than the other. They are on an agenda to provide full mobile computing experience on this hand held device. 2011 saw many phones with dual core processors and other high end features. Google to support this hardware is continuously developing the Android platform and Android 2.4 is designed mainly to support multi core architecture.
Android 2.3.3 (Release January 2011)
Android 2.3 is a major release which has many additional features compared to Android 2.2 (FroYo). It was released in December 2010. Some of the important features include Near Field Communication (NFC), support for SIP calls, support multiple cameras, better power management and a new user interface. Android is the first operating system to incorporate NFC feature. Android 2.3.3 is a small upgrade to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), it incorporated few feature improvements and API upgrades for developers. The upgrades are mainly on NFC (Near Field Communication) and Bluetooth. NFC is a useful technology in M-commerce that is expected to replace many types of cards we carry for transactions and can be used in ticketing and many other applications as well. The new API level assigned to Android 2.3.3 is 10.
Android 2.4 (Release: April 2011)
As said earlier, Android 2.4 is a hybrid of Android 2.3.3 (Android 2.3 Gingerbread) and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Android 2.4 is expected to include the following features. Like Honeycomb Android 2.4 will support both single core and multi core architecture and support symmetric multi processing in a multi core environment. It is also be backward compatible, you can use the applications designed for earlier versions on Android 2.4. Further, applications developed for dual core processor can be run on single core devices as well. The other features will include support for rich multimedia applications such as HTTP live streaming, built-in support for Media/Picture Transfer Protocol (MTP/PTP) over USB, and support more types of connectivity.
Viewsonic’s ViewPad 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc are among the phones to get the first experience of Android 2.4.
Android 2.3.3 – Updates
|Android 2.3.3 – Additional Features
API Level 10
Release: January 2011
1. Improved and extended support for NFC – this allows applications to interact with more types of tags and access them in new ways. The new APIs have included wider range of tag technologies and allow limited peer to peer communication.
Also it has a feature for developers to request Android Market to not to show their applications to users if the device does not support NFC. In Android 2.3 when an application is called by a user and if the device does not support NFC it returns a null object.
2. Support for Bluetooth non-secure socket connections – this allows applications to communicate even with devices that is not having UI for authentication.
3. New bitmap region decoder added for applications to clip part of an image and features.
4. Unified interface for media – to retrieve frame and metadata from input media file.
5. New fields for specifying AMR-WB and ACC formats.
6. New constants added for speech recognition API – this supports developers to show in their application a different view for voice search results.
Android 2.3 New Features
|Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
API Level 9
Release: December 2010
1. New user interface has a simple and attractive theme in black background, which is designed to give a vivid look while being power efficient too. Menu and settings are changed for ease of navigation.
2. Redesigned soft keyboard is optimized for quicker and accurate text input and editing. And the word being edited and dictionary suggestion is vivid and easy to read.
3. Multi touch key cording to input number and symbols without changing input mode
4. Selection of word and copy/paste made easy.
5. Improved power management through application control.
6. Provide user awareness on power consumption. Users can view how the battery is used and which consume more.
7. Internet calling – supports SIP calls to other users with SIP account
8. Support Near-field communication (NFC) – high frequency high speech data transfer within a short range (10 cm). This will be useful feature in m commerce.
9. A new download manager facility that supports easy storage and retrieval of downloads
10. Support for multiple cameras
1. Concurrent garbage collector to minimize application pauses and support increased responsiveness game like applications.
2. Touch and keyboard events handled better which minimizes the CPU utilization and Improve responsiveness, this feature is beneficial for 3D games and CPU intensive applications.
3. Use updated third party video drivers for faster 3D graphic performance
4. Native input and sensor events
5. New sensors including gyroscope is added for improved 3D motion processing
6. Provide Open API for audio controls and effects from native code.
7. Interface to manage graphic context.
8. Native access to activity lifecycle and window management.
9. Native access to assets and storage
10. Android NDk provide robust native development environment.
11. Near Field Communication
12. SIP based internet calling
13. New audio effects API to create rich audio environment by adding reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost
14. Built in support for video formats VP8, WebM, and audio formats AAC, AMR-WB
15. Support multiple camera
16. Support for extra large screen
|Android 2.3 Devices
Google Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, HTC Cha Cha, HTC Salsa, Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2), LG Optimus 3D, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro, Sony Ericsson Xperia mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Motorola Droid Bionic
Tablets: HTC Flyer, HTC Evo View 4G