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]