More Android Gingerbread details surface

We got a sneak peek at some features we can expect to come from Android 3.0, or Gingerbread not too long ago. Streaming music from your computer to you phone, push applications over the air from your computer to your phone, and a complete user experience are all things to be expected from the upcoming software update, but what phones exactly will get this?

According to Eldar Murtazin on the Russian podcast, Digestiv, Gingerbread will only come to high-end devices with 1 GHz processors, 512 MBs of RAM, and a large touchscreen. Well, that kills off most Android devices, except for the handful of new handsets that have been launched this year. Resolutions up to 1280 x 760 will be supported, and the new user interface will be taking note from Android 2.1’s photo gallery, whether or not that means the UI will be 3D-like is anyone’s guess, but it couldn’t hurt. That 1 GHz processor that’s required is likely capable of taking on a 3D UI head on.

But what about other devices? Lower end Android devices will have to stay with 2.1 or 2.2 and these won’t be getting any Gingerbread (Sorry Motorola Droid, but you should be happy with Froyo when it hits). It’s easy to see why, as devices are getting more powerful and the software is becoming more power-hungry. As far as processing power goes, 1 GHz is the new 528 MHz and devices like the Hero or CLIQ just won’t be able to handle Gingerbread. This is the way it crumbles. In either case, that whole Android fragmentation issues we thought that was (somewhat) getting addressed is about to see a massive divide between low-end and high-end devices.

That may not make users of a myTouch 3G very happy but I could imagine that someone who just ran out and bought a myTouch 3G Slide will be even less happy. Their brand new device has just been slapped in the face because it won’t be meeting the hardware requirements for Gingerbread.

For those who have a Nexus One, or any other high-end device that meets these requirements, you probably just peed a little from excitement but just because your device can handle Gingerbread, doesn’t mean that it will be best suited for it. Murtazin expects Gingerbread to be released in October, with devices with the software preloaded to be released in December. Maybe then we’ll see another official Google phone, in the form of the Nexus Two.

Well, hell. Here I was getting all excited about the new Galaxy S line or the Droid X and now I feel like I should just wait it out. I love my Nexus One more than any device I’ve ever owned but I have a hard time staying with a phone for 3 months, let alone a year. We’ll see how long I can manage to hang on to this thing.

[Via: AndroidCentral Photo: Flickr ]

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  • @ryanmarx

    So, will any of the U.S. Galaxy S phones meet these requirements? I would think so … barely.

    • blakestimac

      Most likely. I'd say most of the newer high-end devices will make it to this software version.

  • @ialexdogaru

    HTC Desire, or Nexus One's twin?

  • GadgetGuru

    I'm with you 1000%. Almost grabbed a Galaxy Vibrant 2 days ago, then came home and found news leaks about an HTC with 4.3" screen, dual-core and that can utilize Tmo's HSPA+ .

    On 8/5/2009 Igrabbed the first myTouch3G at the phone stand inside my local Costco for $250 which I got to enjoy until 1/5/2010 when I shelled out $529 for a Nexus One. I will now handcuff myself to my desk and hide the key until the Vision, Vanguard, Vixen, VooDoo, Violin (or whatever the heck they call it) appears with the aforementioned improvements and Gingerbread. Wonder how Google will use the letter "H" for Android 4.

    Wanna laugh? My first cellphone was a Novatel bolted to the inside of my car in 1982. I don't want to know what I've spent on them since.

  • SocialRiver Team

    The minimum requirements stuff is complete disinformation and Google publicly has said so.

    Besides, Google is NOT Microsoft, so why would they start doing "Stupid Microsoft Tricks"

    Furthermore, Android is OPEN SOURCE, which means whatever they put in can be taken out – which does happen. That's why I can run Android on my HTC Touch Pro 2, even though no cellular company sells it that way.

  • scott

    So what in the hell should i get that will be very compatible with the new upcomming Gingerbread?
    I’m new to all of this!

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