I’m sure you’re all bored with Froyo by now, what with it having been officially available on one device for two days now, so its time to move on to Gingerbread and fortunately Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review.com just outed a whole slew of fun new details about the forthcoming Android OS update.
Lets start with the release date which he pegs as mid-October with the first handsets releasing with the update in either late November or December. (For those keeping score at home this also coincides perfectly with the recent rumor from BGR that Verizon is planning to out their first LTE devices on November 26th.)
Secondly Google will be establishing a minimum specification threshold for devices to run Gingerbread and beyond. Chief among these are a 1GHz CPU, 512 MB of RAM and a display of at least 3.5″. So any device that doesn’t meet these requirements will be hitting the end of the line at 2.2 (barring intervention from the rom developers).
Support for a new resolution of 1280 x 760 will be available for devices with at least a 4″ screen. This should prove especially useful for the Android tablets due from Motorola, Samsung and LG by years end.
As we heard previously, the UX is the chief focus for the update and should eliminate the need for the “skins” (Blur, Sense, TouchWiz, etc…) that manufacturers currently enjoy slapping on top of Android. Murtazin indicates that the current software which most closely approximates the feel of the new UX is the Gallery App found on Android 2.1. With the hiring of UX expert Matias Duarte, of Web OS fame, and the Bumptop acquisition we are likely going to be looking at a whole new face for Android with Gingerbread.
The establishment of a “you must be this tall to ride this Android” standard is probably the most significant and potentially controversial news in this leak.
If Google is to bring about the end of Android fragmentation then slowing the pace of major updates and establishing a base line hardware to build off are both critical and necessary steps in my opinion, but it both ends the update path for many devices, including several released this year, and at least limits Androids ability to run the gamut of low to high-end devices.
So as we catch a few more glimpses of the framework of Google’s Gingerbread house do you like the way things are taking shape and is there anything you feel they are still neglecting?