Gingerbread arrives on Google's campus

October 22, 2010: 7:49 PM ET

It looks like Android 2.3 should be happening in the coming weeks.

Phandroid posts a video of the Gingerbread man joining the ranks of the other Android builds joining Donut, Eclair, Froyo.

Today, it was revealed by a Google (GOOG) engineer that Gingerbread would likely be Android 2.3 leaving Honeycomb as a likely 3.0 build.

Some of the rumored new features in Android 2.3 is a full Google Voice VoIP client, native OS video conferencing to desktop Google Talk and most importantly, a tightened up interface that will better compete with iPhone and Windows Mobile 7.  Interface improvements are rumored to include a cleaner and greener set of icons and consistency throughout the OS.  A pickup of  UI guru, Mattias Duarte earlier this year should help in that regard.

Even if Gingerbread is released in the next month, it is unlikely that many, if any at all of the carriers will update their phones in time for Christmas.  Still though, for those with high end Android phones, the news is exciting.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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