However, there are also some brand-new additions to the OS, such as internet telephony and near-field communications.
Near-field communicationsThe OS ships with an NFC-reader application, which can read NFC tags. This addition has bigger long-term implications: If a bunch of smartphones ship with NFC chips, then merchants could potentially use Gingerbread-powered devices to read their chips as a substitute for the credit card. So the idea is you’d be able to pay for everything with your phone.
Support for front-facing cameraThe built-in camera app will now support a front-facing camera, if the Android device has one. (That’s cool, but Google probably should’ve added this before HTC shipped the Evo 4G smartphone with a front-facing camera.)
Internet phoneThe Gingerbread OS adds a built-in web phone, but it doesn’t look straightforward to use. You’ll have to add your own Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) account in order to activate internet phoning.This is used for VOIP Services.
Google promises that the new simplified UI will make Android easier to learn and faster to use. Google has incorporated changes to visual themes while also tweaking menus to make them easier to navigate.