Ever since whispers of Gingerbread were first heard round the web, word was that the UI would contain a lot of graphical enhancements. While we already know about the new notification bar and green hue added throughout Gingerbread, we didn’t know how it was going to be delivered to us.
According to a slide show put together by “Romain Guy and Chet Haasse” of Google, Gingerbread bitmaps will utilize 32-bit color with a transparent alpha channel in order to do away with banding and dithering. In English? No more funky looking gradient colors and smoother graphics in general. Changes behind the scenes like this may go unnoticed by the general public until enough blogs mention it in reviews, but these are the kinds of things that make using the UI a more pleasant experience overall.
To read up on all the changes and dig in deep, feel free to check out the Android Graphics, Animations and Tips & Tricks slides now.