Whispers about Android 3.0 Gingerbread are starting even with Android 2.2 Froyo only just thawed out. The latest Android 3.0 chat comes from a Russian podcast but thankfully multi-lingual listeners have decoded the details. It’s big news with Android 3.0 Gingerbread apparently geared up for high end handsets and tablets and Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 sticking around for the rest. Read on for the latest tasty crumbs of info about Android 3.0 Gingerbread…
Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review has a pretty good track record when it comes to Android scoops and he’s been talking Android 3.0 Gingerbread on Russian podcast Disgestiv. He claims Android 3.0 will hit handsets makers with some minimum requirements: a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and at least a 3.5in display.
Android 3.0 Gingerbread will also apparently come packing new 1280×760 resolution support for devices with screens of 4in or over. That suggests Google is gearing up for the onslaught of Android tablets we’ve been promised.
The biggest news though is that Android 3.0 Gingerbread will introduce a brand new UI which Murtazin says will kill off third party skins like HTC Sense, MotoBlur and TouchWiz. While we’ve been taken with the skinned charms of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S, that would end the frustratingly long wait for OS updates.
The arrival of Android 3.0 Gingerbread won’t mean Android 2.2 Froyo will melt away though. It’s release will apparently represent a fork in the road with top-of-the-line Android devices getting the new OS while the rest make do with Eclair or Froyo.
Murtazin says Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be fully baked by mid-October with the first phones arriving in November. That tallies with the timescale suggested by Google back when it announced Android 2.2 Froyo.
Let us know: are you happy with how Google updates Android? Or irritated at the thought that your phone might miss out?
Android gingerbread man via Danny Sullivan on Flickr.