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Rumor: Android Gingerbread coming this fall to high-end devices only

June 30, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android OS, Firmware updates, Rumors

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RUMOR ALERT! Take this with a grain – or spoon – of salt, but supposed details of the next major revision of Android, Gingerbread, have emerged. According to Unwired View, the bells and whistles of Gingerbread will only be available for devices that have at least a 1 GHz processor.

Unwired View claims that Eldar Murtazin of revealed some rumored information about Gingerbread on a Russian-language podcast. The only Russian I know is not fit to post on this site, so I’ll just take his word for it and relay some of the tidbits allegedly coming soon to Android:

  • Coming this Fall. Gingerbread will release in October, followed by handsets coming in November. The holiday season will be a busy time, so I expect someone – I hope Google directly – will be releasing a stock Android phone capable of using Gingerbread.
  • Faster processors. Only phones that have 1GHz processors, 512MB of RAM, and 3.5″ or higher screen will be able to run it. If you bought an Android phone released in the past four months, there’s a good chance you meet that requirement. Anyone not holding a Nexus, Galaxy S, Droid X, XPERIA X10, etc. will be left in the cold.
  • Revamped user interface. This is actually nothing new as we already heard about this before. Expect to see major revisions done to the look and experience. While Eldar claims this will kill the “need” for custom UI’s like Sense, MOTOBLUR, Timescape, etc., I’ve already said it’s unlikely that will actually happen. I’d argue that Eclair/Froyo already removes the need for these UI’s, but companies keep building phones with them.
  • New resolutions. There will be a new resolution support for large devices. Anything with 4 inches or more will be able to use 1280×760 resolution, which could potentially provide better clarity and open up the door for improved performance on tablets.

As usual with rumors, don’t accept this as fact. It’s merely something fun to consider and keep an eye on.