Google Android Gingerbread will require 1GHz processors, coming mid-October 2010

Google Android Gingerbread will require 1GHz processors, coming mid-October 2010

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Nexus One photo gallery application demo similar in feel to Gingerbread release
Nexus One photo gallery application demo similar in feel to Gingerbread release

Late last week, we heard about the upcoming HTC Vision and how it would come loaded with Google Android Gingerbread right out of the box. Well, we have now learned a little more about this Gingerbread.

One of the bigger surprises coming out of the rumor mill is that it will actually require devices to have at least a 1GHz processor as part of its minimum requirements. If that’s the case, the dual-core 800MHz Vision may not technically reach that benchmark.   Going through the rest of the rumors, we are fully expecting an overhaul of the user interface, though it’s unclear exactly what the new UI is going to look like and how it’s going to differ from what we’ve already seen. I would personally like more of a “folder”-like approach to apps, since the long main list can get quite long.

They’re also expecting minimum requirements to include 512MB RAM and a large touchscreen with support for 1280×760 displays. If your preferred device isn’t up to snuff, it can still hang around with Android 2.2 Froyo.   The version designation for Android Gingerbread has not been announced by Google, it could be 2.3, it could be 3.0, but we expect the latter rather then the former.   Some more expectations of this release are:

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread is expected to be released sometime in October (around the 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets will ship a month or two after for the Holidays.
  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices will be: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher.  With 2GHzs devices also on the horizon.
  • New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher.  This would make way for the Android tablet.
  • A complete overhaul on the user interface. There’s a Gallery  App of Nexus One which apparently has the same overall feel, animations and transitions.
  • Android will be split into 2 branches. 3.0 for top of the line/high end smartphones, with cheapies getting Android 2.1/2.2

[Android Central, Unwired Review]

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