Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' update for Nexus One soon

First generation Google phone to get the latest OS
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Google said that an update for the firm's first smartphone in the Nexus range would deliver Android 2.3 'Gingerbread'.

In a tweet, GoogleNexus said that "The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!."

The firm's new Nexus S phone comes with Android 2.3 as standard but the first generation HTC-made Nexus One is a popular reference device for Android developers, adding to the impetus to roll out the latest OS update.

In Android 2.3, Google focused on performance and tools for game development saying that with the update the firm was "taking gaming to the next level."

Another performance boost comes from a technical feature Google call concurrent garbage collection for the Dalvik virtual machine. This new process is designed to minimise pauses in applications, aid smooth animation and facilitate smooth UI response.

Google have also significantly beefed up the development framework for writing native applications, that is to say code compiled directly for the ARM CPU rather than Java.

Native development is one area for Android platform improvement that the platform has been in sore need of in order to compete with the iPhone in games performance.

Android 2.3 also includes the near field communication technology, adds support for SIP protocol VOIP phones and the AAC audio and WebM video formats.

Unlocked retail Nexus One handsets will be likely to see the update first, while the usual sorts of delays will apply to network-branded versions of the phone.

Google's Nexus hansets are easily unlocked by the user so if they get tired of waiting for Android 2.3, they can always get the stock Google one and flash it to the phone.