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Android 3.0 Gingerbread Details Revealed, Whips Froyo

Gordon Kelly

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Excited about the long awaited roll out of Android 2.2 for the Nexus One? Pah, old news...

Details have already begun to spill out on Android 3.0 - codenamed 'Gingerbread' and yes, they're tasty (sorry, couldn't resist). Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin has done the digging, but we have Unwired View to thank for translating his Russian language podcast 'Digestive' and here's what they found:

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released to developers in mid-October. First 3.0 handsets ship in November/December

  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 3.5in display with support for 1280 x 760 pixels on screens over 4in

  • Completely revamped user interface (has
  • Matias Duarte been hard at work?) which will negate the need for third party skins like HTC Sense and Motorola Motoblur. The Gallery App above is said to be a good indication of the intended feel and animations

  • A formal split between Android 3.x which will be reserved for high end devices, and 2.x which will continue to cater for the mass market
Quite frankly if Google is going to pull all this off then the smartphone and tablet sectors will be even bigger business come Christmas. On the flip side, I suspect we'll have to wait a while yet for Google to start confirming this - though interestingly, it hasn't denied it...

Update: Dan Morrill, Android Open Source and Compatibility Tech Lead, has come out and said rumours aren't official announcements and said there are always fanciful notions about Android going around. None of which you'll actually notice specifically dismiss what Murtazin has to say...

Sources:

Digestive (Yep, it's all Russian)

UnwiredView

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