Gingerbread finally reaches Nexus One with 2.3.3 update, includes fixes, NFC tags, and WebM support

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It's been a long time coming, but Google has provided some good news to owners of its Nexus smartphones, with word that the latest update for Android Gingerbread, version 2.3.3, will be available over-the-air to both the Nexus One and Nexus S handsets in the coming weeks. Nexus One owners in particular have had to be patient after initial hopes of an update hot on the heels of the Gingerbread announcement proved to be a false dawn.

The latest version of Google's mobile OS has the usual array of bug fixes and refinements, including a fix for a recent random reboot problem that has been afflicting Nexus S handsets. But beyond that, 2.3.3 also brings some new features to the table including support for Google's WebM video format and in the case of the Nexus S, new NFC tag capabilities allowing the smartphone to write rewritable tags for transferring certain information of your choice (such as contact info, a URL, or text) simply by touch to another NFC-capable device. Check out a few screens of the tagging interface after the jump.

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It's good to see that there is now more than one Gingerbread phone on the market with both Nexus devices being given version parity. Hopefully we learn of more Gingerbread updates from manufacturers in the coming weeks.

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Jeremy To

Jeremy is a former editor at Pocketables.