Back in June Russian blogger Eldar Mrtazin reported that Gingerbread would have minimum hardware requirements including a 1 GHz processor. The story was quickly debunked by Google engineer Dan Morrill as false, but many people still believe it to be true – including the person who runs LG’s Facebook account.
Yesterday a curious customer asked LG if his Optimus One would be receiving Android 2.3 and got the response that “Gingerbread requires 1 GHz processor”. Several sites took the quote and started reporting that Gingerbread has a CPU requirement, but once again Dan Morrill was quick to respond.
Tonight on Twitter Mr. Morrill responded, “Random note: there’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I’d know.”
Update: Another Android engineer, Brian Swetland, also weighed in. “Any device that runs well with Froyo should run even better with Gingerbread. The base hardware requirements have not changed. Of course OEM updates do depend on individual OEM efforts, and I can’t speak for the OEMs, but there’s no technical reason devices able to run Froyo shouldn’t be upgradeable. I think the Froyo->Gingerbread migration should be less painful for device developers than Cupcake->Donut or Eclair->Froyo.”
Based on what we have seen, Android 2.3 should be able to run on most devices and I expect it will be coming to every phone that currently runs Android 2.2 (or those that are getting it soon like the Galaxy S).
We have no hard release dates for Android 2.3 (other than December 16th for the Nexus S), but just look at recent history for an idea of what to expect.
This is how the Android 2.2 update was rolled out:
- Nexus One – a couple of weeks
- HTC EVO – six weeks
- Motorola Droid – days after HTC
- Samsung Galaxy S – six months
- LG Ally – still counting
We have already shown that the best selling Android phones get software updates first, so if you own a top 10 phone then your carrier will most likely take care of you.
Which carrier do you think will be the first to release an update to Android 2.3? Will it be Sprint again with an update for the EVO, Verizon with an update to the Droid family, or maybe even T-Mobile with their nearly stock G2?