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Android 2.3 For Nexus One Coming Out Soon Says Google

The first Google-branded smartphone, the Nexus One, will soon receive a Gingerbread update allowing according to an update on the Nexus' Twitter account.

The Nexus team posted that the update (opens in new tab) would be available over the air in the coming weeks but did not give any further indication as to when it would be released.

The improvements from Froyo to Gingerbread are not as noticeable as the previous one (Eclair to Froyo). This time around, you only get an improved user interface, SIP compatibility and the option of shifting to voice mode to correct text errors.

The update is likely to be released in the first quarter of 2011 although we're not sure how this will fit in the grand scheme of things given that Android 3.0 is set to appear in Spring (and will be rolled out on Motorola's tablet).

The Nexus One is not unlike the Nexus S; the former was built by HTC and looks like the HTC Desire while the latter is built by Samsung and is an improvement on the Samsung Galaxy S.

Both of them come with a WVGA resolution, a 1GHz processor and 512MB memory. The Nexus One however has a free microSD card reader, a feature that's absent on the Nexus S.

The Nexus One has already been discounted by Vodafone, which is still the only network selling the handset.

At £25 per month, it is as expensive as the Samsung Galaxy S and includes 100 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB data allowance on a two year contract.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.