My honeymoon with Gingerbread
Android version 2.3 was announced along with the Nexus S and, among other advances, brought "speed improvements", "power control advances" and "game graphics improvements". If we stop to analyze, the words used to describe the new OS in 2010 were pretty much the same as we saw in the Google staff post this week.
Gingerbread could be said, at the time, a great platform
At the time it was announced, Gingerbread also came with "the fastest version ever released." The system has been modified to support themes with more contrast and saturation, and I remember that although today we review the features of the user interface and find it quite crude, in 2010 this was pure innovation.
Before continuing, I need to say that my experience with Gingerbread came in conjunction with HTC's UI Sense, so it wasn't based on pure Android. Nevertheless, many of the UI features and functions brought the new OS optimizations. The menus, settings and system status bars were pretty simple, but super intuitive at the same time:
Compared to previous versions of Android, Gingerbread could once have been a great platform. Google developers implemented support for NFC, a new auto-correction system, made it easier to copy and paste words and text, brought more application control, offered options menu and home screen shortcuts, and even made You can close running applications from this same menu.
And it was at Gingerbread that the process of making calls over the Internet (via SIP contacts) became a reality, as was the access of applications to cameras. I remember the first app I used on my cell phone to make calls using my internet connection (and only her) was Viber, and I found the service sensational. Because calls from Germany to Brazil were super expensive.
Gingerbread had an application control method that offered longer battery life by closing them when needed, directing processing resources only when needed. And today, we can still complain about Twelve Mode!
I remember that something really groundbreaking in Gingerbread was the application's power consumption reports, something that may even get bumped by some users today, but in 2010 it was quite an evolution. After all, who doesn't like to know exactly which apps are draining the phone's battery?
Anyway, Gingerbread was an intuitive operating system, with a more color-conserving UI than Android 7.0 Nougat, for example. It brought really needed features to the user, such as NFC and Internet connections, the system animations gained more consistency and, I fearlessly say, this version of the OS had that "evolved" operating system feel. However, she fell into disgrace soon after.
My hell with Gingerbread
Gingerbread was a long time between us. Google's disastrous idea of releasing two versions of the operating system a year caused Android version 2.3 to be delayed three months after its release. It arrived in December 2010, and in February 2011, Google folks released Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
I remember writing a lot of articles about the manufacturers' sloppiness about updating the system of the Gingerbread-powered devices, and this was being published in 2012, nearly two years after the official announcement of Android 2.3. HTC, for example, said it would not upgrade my Desire HD. And by September 2012, Gingerbread still ran on more than 57% of Android smartphones, with its latest version being Jelly Bean.
In March 2014, Gingerbread still featured 19% of Android's fragmentation. Today, August 25, 2016, Gingerbread still comes with 1.7% share of the OS distribution chart, delivered monthly by Google.
After a while, of course, I realized I couldn't keep Gingerbread anymore, and I had to let it go. However, although I was stagnant with a device running a lagged version of Android for a long time, I can't say that my experience with it was bad or the system was terrible. By the way, watching the video published in 2010, in which the developers present the functions of the system, hit me a certain nostalgia:
And what was the version of Android that most marked your experience?
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