Gingerbread is Here - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

It’s Christmas time and everyone has candy canes on the brain; but this holiday season more people are excited about Gingerbread–and we’re not talking about the cookie. Gingerbread is Google’s newest Android 2.3 operating system following Froyo 2.2 (i.e., frozen yogurt. Why Google names its OS’s after desserts? I don’t know), Éclair 2.0/2.1, Donut 1.6, and Cupcake 1.5.

Here’s a look at phones featuring the new software, and how it works on each.

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The Nexus S, built by Samsung, is the first device on the market to run Gingerbread, and boy, has Google been cooking up a storm with this one. Here’s what’s under the hood:

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The phone itself has a 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor, which Samsung proclaims is faster than any other processor including the Snapdragon processor found on the HTC EVO that runs Froyo at 1GHz. Until we test it, it’s hard to say if their claim is true. The talk time on the phone goes up to 6.7 hours on 3G. They didn’t say how much time you can get on 4G. Plus, with a 4.0” Super Amoled, capacitive (i.e. multi-touch) display and front and rear facing cameras, the phone is definitely great for people who want to view and share media.

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The Gingerbread operating system comes with:

Near Field Communication — This will allow people with the Google Nexus S phone to scan chips using short range connectivity technology. Currently, such chips are embedded in some movie posters but can one day turn your phone into a wireless credit card.

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Updated Onscreen Keyboard. Additional space between keys and larger font sizes makes typing easier, faster, and more accurate.

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Easy to access copy and paste tools. You can cut, copy or paste text within an application or across multiple applications.

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Google Maps with Navigation and Google Earth. This new app allows users to explore cities in 3D by zooming in, tilting and rotating the map. The compass mode, which automatically rotates the map to the direction you’re facing.

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VOIP Calling. This allows for enhanced Voice over Internet Protocol dialing to other SIP (session initiation protocol) accounts. In other words you’ll be able to make phone calls and video chat over the internet without the need for third party applications.

Let us know what you think of the phone. Do you plan to get one?

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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