After the release of Android for smartphones and tablet devices, Google has come a long way. Android has virtually dominated the market of mobile devices and has become a serious threat for the dominance of iOS.

Android 2.3 Update with the name of Android Gingerbread is so far the latest version that is being used in most of the recent smartphones. Although next version, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, is already around the corner, at present the prevailing OS happens to be Gingerbread.

Soon after the release of this updated version, smartphones like Nexus One from HTC and Galaxy S from Samsung started using it. With the support of these tech giants, Android has become the favorite OS of the next generation smartphone users.

Android 2.3 Update was made available for use at the start of this year and soon after that, various technology giants such as Samsung, HTC and LG started using it in their mobile devices. At present, most of the high end smartphones available in the market run this OS.

Other than several updates, Google also introduced several new features in this version. This OS, on one hand, would provide faster speed and on the other, would utilize less power which means enhanced battery life of the device. The user interface is also simpler and easy to use.

To start with the updates, support for WebM video playback is something really exciting in this update. It was already announced that most probably WebM would be part of the upcoming version of Android and this was realized with this update. Good thing is that the video codec that was used to compress the WebM files was also purchased by Google and open sourced. Basically it’s because of this open source nature of Google services that has made them famous among the common masses, particularly the third party freelance developers.

Another noteworthy addition to Android Gingerbread was the impressively improved copy and paste method. With this version, users can simply press upon the word which is needed to be copied. Location can also be adjusted with a set of bounding arrows and the chosen word can then be copied to the required location by pressing on it.

This was probably among the top requirements of the users and has now been fulfilled with Gingerbread. After that comes the facility of VoIP calling services. Previously, VoIP services, among which most noteworthy are the VoIP services offered by Skype, were not supported in Android.

This was certainly a huge drawback and needed modification. With this latest update, VoIP calling is supported along with the Near Field Communications (NFC). With Gingerbread, we now have an Android OS that can support multiple cameras, that is, both front facing and rare facing cameras.

Not only that, the OS automatically chooses the camera which is most suitable for a given situation. A few modifications in the keyboard structure have also been made part of the updated version. New keyboard facilitates easy typing and the need of unnecessary switching between the numbers and symbols has been pretty much eliminated.

So the bottom line is that we have seen several exciting new features in Android 2.3 update. Gingerbread is being used in the smartphones which at present are dominating the market. Wide support for Android has made the upcoming version named Ice Cream Sandwich the most anticipated OS at present.