Google is developing its next Android iteration, Gingerbread, and it is expected that the new OS would have many visual upgrades, and it is likely that Google would also add video chat and VoIP to Android’s list of features. Google’s Android keeps on changing very quickly as Google keeps on updating its OS pretty frequently.
The company has launched Android 2.2, codenamed “Froyo,” over the summer and now details are leaking that Google is gearing up to release OS’s next iteration, codenamed “Gingerbread.” Phandroid has posted some rumored features for Gingerbread and it has also posted a very blurry picture of the OS.
According to Phandroid the new OS will support video chat which used same technology that is used to run Google Chat on PCs. This suggests that the new generation of the Android-powered devices will have more front-facing cameras. The video chat was introduced by Apple on its devices with the iPhone 4. Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G also support video chat and they do so using the apps.
The Gingerbread will also have SIP support, which will allow its users to receive Voice calls over Wi-Fi and cellphone data plans. It is expected that the main app icons of the new OS will redesigned to look and feel more consistent. Phandroid reported that Google has also added some visual effects in the new OS, like a glowing rubber-banding effect and some more. The color of the Android multitasking bar has been changed from grey to black. Gingerbread is scheduled for release later this year or early next year.