Android 2.3.3 update is coming to the Nexus One and Nexus S
Gingerbread is coming to the Nexus One for the first time while Nexus S owners will be getting a few additional features and bug fixes in the 2.3.3 version. Google plan to send out the update over-the-air (OTA) sometime in the next few weeks.
There are a few key developments that will make a noticeable difference:
- No more random reboots for the Nexus S anymore.
- A redesigned keyboard will offer easier touchscreen typing.
- An improved app management system with a new app that keeps you in the loop with downloads.
- New APIs in the update will allow Nexus S users to write, as well as read, rewritable Near-Field-Communication (NFC) tags. It will also allow contactless payments over Bluetooth.
- A new field in BitmapFactory options will see images improved with clearer JPEG decoding. A new decoder also lets applications translate a certain area of a larger image so load times are faster.
Unfortunately there is also a downside, as the update will disable the integration of Facebook contacts for Nexus S users. Why they have done that is a mystery, but probably a worthwhile price for all the welcome bug fixes.