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Gingerbread 2.3 hopefuls; Flash on Opera Mobile

by Kristen Nicole

Holding out for Gingerbread 2.3

Today could be a big day for Android OS fans, as a Gingerbread announcement is expected from the development team. It’s rumored that Android 2.3 will be launched today, December 6th, at the D: Dive Into Mobile event, with a blog post from Notion Ink at the root. It’s announcing the release of their six Adam tablet variants, supposedly with the updated Android OS powering the devices.

Though still rumors, the anticipation around Gingerbread has been heightened these past few weeks. Competition amongst mobile operating systems is intensifying, with Apple (AAPL) and RIM (RIMM) still prominent, though comScore has found that Android’s OS is still very popular, and seemingly unstoppable in its growth. A major update from Google (GOOG) would solidify Android’s place amongst its rivals, and push its growth even further.

Opera Mobile and CyanogenMod updates

A number of developers are also keen on Android’s OS, updating their app support for Google’s mobile platform. On the browser side, we have an Opera update, with support for HTML5 video and Flash. The added feature puts Opera on par with other media-centric browsers, enhancing its utility, even during its beta testing phase.

For savvy Android users, the CyanogenMod 6.1 release should bring a glimmer of hope for supporters, with a handful of updates and bug fixes. The update includes a camera fix and new features for auto-focus, option sliders and more, as well as the addition of the Power Control widget to the notification drop-down ledge for easy access, clearing up some space on your home screen. See here for full details on CyanogenMod’s latest.