Android 3.0 Gingerbread details: 1280×760 resolution, 1Ghz minimum specs, mid-Oct. release

We’ve been hearing about the upcoming Android Gingerbread release in Q4 for a while now. And also how the new Android user interface will blow our socks off.

Still, everyone’s been pretty sketchy about exact details of what’s actually coming to Android Gingerbread. Until now.

Mobile-review.com’s Eldar Murtazin just went and spilled a boatload of interesting details about the upcoming Android Gingerbread release.  Don’t run searching for these details to his blog or his main site, you won’t find anything there yet.

Eldar did all the spilling in his Russian podcast “Digestiv”. It’s audio only, so Google Translate won’t help you much. If you do not speak Russian, you’ll have to trust me on this :)

Her we go:

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher.  (We all, of course, heard that Android handsets with 2GHz CPU’s are coming)
  • New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher. (Anyone thinking about Android tablets now? )
  • Completely revamped user interface. If you want to get a feeling of what Android 3.0 Gingerbread UX is like, check out the Gallery  App on Nexus One. The same overall feel, light animated transitions,etc. Natively, through all the UI.
  • Android’s split into 2 branches becomes official. 3.0 for top of the line/high end devices. Cheap, low-end mass market handsets will keep Android 2.1/2.2

Eldar also confirmed my musings about the death of third party User Interface shells like HTC Sense, MotoBlur, etc;. Android 3.0 basically kills the need for them.

Still, there’s some hope for third party vendors here – while Google takes over the UI on the high end, vendors get to keep their UI shells/improvements on mass market Android smartphones, running Eclair or Froyo.

Update: I posted an update to this post, where I address Dan Morrill’s tweet, and do some corrections/clarifications regarding the upcoming Android update number issues, “minimum” specs – thay are actually only “recommended”, and the the split between high end Android 3 – low end Android 2.2 devices – it’s not an official Google policy, but it is happening nonetheless.

The update is here:  Revisiting Android 3/Gingerbread details post. Some corrections, clarifications

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • http://twitter.com/JoshH347 JoshH347

    That gallery app video is just the Flikie Wallpaper HD app. I have that on my Evo.

  • LammertD

    Remember Google acquired Bumptop a while ago? I think alot of that technology will be part of Gingerbread

  • LammertD

    Remember Google acquired Bumptop a while ago? I think alot of that technology will be part of Gingerbread

  • Specktahdeck109

    same thing. lol

  • qwerty

    copy from microsoft but a good and wise move

  • qwerty

    copy from microsoft but a good and wise move

  • riles

    More fragmentation…yippee!

  • Malcolm

    I'd say that this is another bullshit from Murtazin. I'm tired of his stories in Russian, now I see that they leaked from Runet. I've lost count how many times he said absoulutely stupid things. It's just I thought that they believe him only in Russia. Now I see that I'm wrong, unfortunately.

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Yep. And you also can call me stupid, if you can show that he's paid for to
    leak competitor stuff. Or that he is wrong most of the time.

    But you can't, can you?

  • Lijhm

    copy what?

  • Lijhm

    Yeah, elitist Google offering 2 levels of phones.

  • Namarrgon

    That would be the Nexus One, and… what?

    Or do you mean Android 3 not running on older hardware, in the same way that iOS4 won't run on older iPhones?

  • leniamonio

    Hopefully at that time. Nexus Two is here!

  • gubatron

    How about we get that Froyo OTA update, then we talk about the next release. Still haven't gotten my update.

  • Anonymous

    Ditto, this actually seems legit based on what I know about OEM plans for 4th quarter.

  • Malcolm

    I definitely can show that he's writing wrong. Well, not all the time, but too often not to believe him. He wrote that Google has improved Android 2.2 performance in no time when it took Symbian two years to accomplish this – this show us that he knows nothing neither of JIT-compilation, nor of the whole VM concept. He told me personally that by Sony and Ericsson invested a lot of money into Sony Ericsson and that immidiately raised EBT of the company just because they have more cash. Also, if I'm not mistaken, he told us that there will be no upgrades for Sony Ericsson X10 to newer versions. Well, we see how right he was.

    I see no reason to call you stupid, but I see no reason to believe Murtazin either.

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Sure, I know quite a few things where he was obviously wrong about – e.g
    Nokia N8 price was the most recent one. And he sometimes goes overboard (to
    my taste), when he starts disliking some company (SE, Nokia).

    But, when talking about/leaking particular details, he's more often right
    then wrong. And in this particular case, I think he's mostly right. Except
    for version numbering/codenames – whether it's 3.0 or 2.5, or even if the
    update is Gingerbread. But that's more my mistake, he was mainly talking
    about “the next Android”for mid. October in podcast. And, looking at recent
    history, nobody except Google knows this.

    As for getting things wrong – everyone in this business gets some things
    wrong. Sometimes due to incorrect info from the sources, sometimes because
    plans within companies change, sometimes because you just made the wrong
    conclusions. But it's the right/wrong ratio that counts, and Eldar's is
    among the best in the industry

  • drmetallius

    Sometimes goes overboard? He has been telling that SE sucks and is about to be closed soon ever since K850 came out or about so. How many times did I read it? This is the end for SE, SE is finished, they're gonna be closed soon… I see that SE is still alive and well.

    Yeah, he often talks about the future, but if he says something wrong – oh, yes, sorry, got wrong information. He was often keen to share his insight on the flaws in SE phones, but real users didn't find anything. Really, I've read so much of this so I stopped paying attention to whatever he's saying. He might be right, might be wrong, but it doesn't really make any difference whether he has said something or not. So until Google says something on this matter, I won't deem this information true.

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Yep, sometimes his SE bashing was a bit overboard. But overall, the bashing
    of SE since (and including) K850 was well deserved because SE was releasing
    one crappier phone after another. And they went through near death
    experience as a result, losing more then half of marketshare, about a
    billion dollars and hundreds of employees.

    SE is alive now. But I certainly will not call them well yet. They managed
    to stem the slide with X10, but they srewed it up too. With the best
    designed Android smartphone in 2010, old Android 1.6 OS, pretty, but useless
    timescape UI and being the last to upgrade their flagship to Android 2.1,
    when everyone else is moving to 2.2.

    The same thing is now happening to Nokia. Which is started it's downhill
    slide with crappy products, delayed launches, etc; last year.

    In the end, it's your choice what to believe or not, of course,

  • drmetallius

    He was not simply criticising products, he told that the company is effectively dead many times and no development is done. We see that this is definitely wrong. Yeah, they are not in perfect shape, but nontheless things are improving very fast. Also, this was about things, which are difficult to prove, but what he said about performance improvements in Android 2.2 compared to Symbian or about EBT is just so plainly wrong that it's hard for me to take his articles seriously.

    I disagree about X10, I don't really care, whether I have 1.6 or 2.1 in my phone if it's convenient and I don't face any problems with apps. Yeah, Google made some UI improvements in 2.1, but SE provided their own UI which reduces the need for 2.1. By the way, their UX platform is not just Timescape, it's also such apps like dialer, phonebook, calendar, messsaging, settings and so on. I have less APIs in 2.1 and I don't have animated wallpapers. The latter is definitely not a critical loss and the first one also doesn't concern much if all the apps I've installed so far are running fine anyway.

  • Sathunakrishnan

    hey…its good one…

  • Mortenlu
  • Bassetthound

    This Gingerbread and many other articles are widely accepted as twoddle: –

    We ran a story recently detailing the possible changes to Android in the new Gingerbread version. It was based on several strong leaks and detailed the end of custom UI's, minimum hardware specs and much more. These have now been cast into doubt as Dan Morrill, Open Source and Compatibility Tech Lead for Android, stating that ..

    “I love it when people just make stuff up and report it as news.”

    He links to the original unwiredview article and also says that, “You shouldn't believe everything you read” plus “I can make up crap too”. So, perhaps this isn't the end of the HTC Sense UI after all? We'll wait to see what the official specs bring.

  • Zenimus

    LOL. this is rumourous bullshit.

  • http://i-learnedandroid.blogspot.com/ learnandroid

    1GHZ CPU minimum?
    so the older phone can't use this version?????

  • geleenjavelina

    You should get by now. I am from Asia, and I already received the FRF91 Build already.

  • http://twitter.com/PeyloW Fredrik Olsson

    I think Marco Arment, lead developer of Tumblr and Instapaper, said it best: “I never make technology-buying decisions based on future promises, rumors, or potential. I let other people be the bleeding-edge extremely early adopters, and I stick with what I know will work and stay out of my way. I don’t buy things that are “getting better”, because they usually don’t. Whatever caused them to be lacking in their current release will usually prevent them from being great in future releases.”

    There has already been six releases of Android, why would release 7 be any different? I think we will se some improvements in Gingerbread, and then people immediately begin chanting; Just you wait for 3.5 Supercake!