Google Maps 4.6 gives us a view of updated Gingerbread UI

Gingerbread is coming. You know it. I know it. That guy over there hiding behind your fridge? He knows it, too.

Yet, despite its inexorable approach, we have seen very little of the promised UI update.

Today, however, we caught a glimpse.

You see, Google updated their Maps application the other week, and an astute Freenode IRC user going by the name of canadiancow noticed a folder called API level 9 (which corresponds to Gingerbread) within the APK (the bundle that all Android apps are distributed in).

So what does he do? He recompiled it as an API level 9 app and — hey presto! — the application menus now look like this.

I don’t know about you, but I like it. Cleaner lines, sharp corners, less padding around the edges… I feel this is a much more refined look.

One of the promises of Gingerbread is that there will be less of a need for OEMs to customise the look and feel of it, and — looking at this screenshot — I can begin to understand why.

What are your thoughts? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Think nothing of it? Let us know in the comments.

[via Aus Droid]