Android fans have been patiently waiting for weeks now as little tidbits of information have been coming in here and there in regards to Google’s next OS codenamed Gingerbread. With the OS seemingly right around the corner it is hard not to keep craving more and more leaked info to hold us over while we look past Froyo awaiting this next big release. Today it looks as though we get to see a sneak peak of what Gingerbread’s UI will look like thanks to Freenode IRC user canadiancow who found a folder labeled API Level 9 (Gingerbread) within the original .apk file, and after recompiling the .apk came out with the image on the left pictured below. As you look at the 2nd picture you will see what all of us Froyo (2.2) users are seeing when we look at our menu screen in the newest Google Maps application. However in the first picture we see a much sleeker, darker looking menu screen with a gorgeous transparent background which is believed to be the UI design of Gingerbread (2.3). Check out the pics below and be sure to drop us a comment with your thoughts.
What you see above is the same menu found in Google Maps 4.60, but on the left is how it appears in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and on the right is how we see it in Android 2.2 (Froyo). There is no secret option to turn this design on, it was found by a Freenode IRC user canadiancow who noticed that API level 9 (Gingerbread) was a folder within the APK and recompiled it as an API level 9 app and it came out like this.
I for one think the new UI design is very, very nice and makes Android look for more profession and slick. It looks very Adobe Air/TweetDeck which is a good look. What are your thoughts?
Source: Android Australia
Category: Android News
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