Android 2.3 Gingerbread is amongst the hottest topics in the android world right now. Whether it is curiosity about receiving the OTA upgrade or if it is all it is cracked up to be, the forums are flooded with Gingerbread discussion. Among the fabled upgrades are speed and performance enhancements, a refreshed UI, new text selection, and more.
First, under the spot light is speed. Gingerbread is faster then its predecessors. Along with the speed comes a smoother experience with almost every interaction with the phone including, but not limited to, menus, screen swipes, and scrolling. Although it is impossible to dictate just how much faster Gingerbread is then Froyo with a quantity, the differences are definitely noticeable.
Second, the refreshed UI. The user interface is not a complete overhaul, but has some noticeable changes. First the color scheme has changed to a black, orange, and green with the menus being set against a all black background instead of trimmed in white. The biggest change is the functionality of the home screen menu. Accessing the menu presents you with an option to manage apps, and allows you to go directly to the app manager. Also among the UI changes is the new text selection and copy/paste tool. Simply tapping on the text box brings up the selection tool that you drag to any position in the text to make the modifications. A long press will bring up two selection tools that allow you to drag over what you wish to copy, cut, or paste. Along for the ride is the new Microbes wallpaper that ships by default with Gingerbread. This adds a little human interaction with live wallpapers.
Third, is the introduction of Near Field Communications (NFC) and the downloads app. The NFC chip inside the phone allows the phone to interact with NFC stickers , which contains information that the phone will automatically process. The downloads app allows you to sort through all the downloaded content on your Android device.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while not a complete overhaul, will definitely hold its own until the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Look for the OTA update for your phone in hopefully the near future.