Monday, November 29, 2010

Android 3.0 Gingerbread - Detail 1Ghz minimum specs,1280?760 resolution, mid Oct.

We have been hearing about the upcoming Android Gingerbread release in this autumn  for a while now. Along with also how the new Android user interface will blow our socks off.

Still, everyone’s been attractive sketchy about exact details of what’s in fact coming to Android Gingerbread. Until now.

The’s Eldar Murtazin just went and spilled a boatload of exciting details about the upcoming Android Gingerbread release. Do not run searching for these details to his main site, you won’t find something there yet.

Eldar did all the spilling in his Russian podcast “Digestiv”. It is audio only,so the Google Translate won’t help you much. If you don't speak Russian language, you’ll have to trust me on this

     -  Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher.
     -  Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December - for the Holiday Season.

      -  New 1280-760 declaration available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher.

     -  Android’s split into 2 branches will become official. 3.0 for top of the line/high end devices. Cheap, low-end mass market handsets will keep Android 2.1/2.2

     - The totally revamped user interface. If you wish to get a emotion of what Android 3.0 Gingerbread UX is like, check out the Gallery  App on Nexus One. Similar overall feel, light animated transitions,etc. Natively,through all the UI.

Eldar also confirmed my musings about the loss of third party User Interface shells like HTC Sense,MotoBlur,etc. Android 3.0 essentially kills the need for them.

Still, there is some hope for 3 party vendors here - while Google takes over the UI on the high end, vendors get to keep their UI shells/improvements on mass market Android smartphones, running Eclair or Froyo.

Update: I'm posted an update to this post, where I address Dan Morrill’s tweet, and do a few corrections/clarifications concerning the upcoming Android update number issues, “minimum” specs - thay are actually only “recommended”, and the the split between high end Android 3 - low end Android 2.2 devices - it’s not an official Google policy, but it is happening nonetheless.

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