Hoping someone can make a hack that will make this basic function work, and support the request at the above link so Google includes the function in the next update!
Not only does pretty much every other GUI support double-tapping a word, it is even supposed to be the case in Gingerbread! It clearly states in http://developer.android.com/sdk/and...ighlights.html that the user can
>...quickly select a word by press-hold, then
>copy to the clipboard and paste.
>Pressing on a word enters a free-selection mode
> — the user can
>adjust the selection area as needed
> by dragging a set of bounding arrows...
Even if it worked as described, IT WOULD BE BETTER to initiate text selection with double-tap (at least as an alternative). Note the precedents:
Windows: double tap selects word
MacOS: double tap selects word
Linux: double tap selects word
Early Android: double tap selects word
iOS: double tap selects word
PalmOS: double tap selects word
WindowsCE: double tap selects word
PocketPC: double tap selects word
Windows Mobile: double tap selects word
Windows Phone 7: double tap selects word [?]
So clearly, especially for potential new users who feel everything is a little "different" in Android (leading to "I think I'll just get an iPhone"), I think it double-tapping a word should initiate a text selection and reveal the bounding arrows. The pop up context menu could appear in ADDITION to the bounding arrows--then the user can select something from the pop-up or adjust the selection first...