updated 01:25 pm EST, Thu December 2, 2010
Google Hong Kong shows Android 2.3 prematurely
Google Hong Kong today gave away a handful of Android 2.3 features in a video (below) demonstrating voice commands on a Nexus One. The clip showed obvious cosmetic changes, such as the green icons in the shortcut bar, the black menu bar and new buttons, but also the expanded Android Market. A third tab has appeared on an app's page that lets users find related apps on the store.
The video didn't show some of the biggest features expected for Android 2.3, such as video chat or WebM video, but it did confirm a push to make Android Market more discoverable, which has so far included special promo images and better previews of what an app will do. A common criticism of Android Market has been the difficulty of both finding apps but also determining whether an app would have the desired effect. Piracy and copycats have been relatively common.
Android 2.3 is due to ship sometime in the next few weeks, likely attached to the Nexus S, and is already complete for developers. [via Android Police]