Android 3.0 Gingerbread Rumored To Roll Out In October For High-End Smartphones;Froyo To Run On Lower-End Handsets

July 1, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Android 3.0 codenamed “Gingerbread”, which will be the next version of the Android operating software, has been rumored to become available as soon as mid-October this year. However, Gingerbread will only function on high-end smartphones so Android 2.2 Froyo will feature as the operating software in lower-end Android-based phones.

Version 3.0 of Android will only function on phones that satisfy basic hardware requirements such as a 1GHz processor, RAM capacity of 512 MB and a minimum screen size of 3.5 inches. Google will also split the Android into two versions with the basic hardware requirement and continue to offer Froyo as the OS on mass-market handsets that do not meet the hardware requirement.

Android 3.0 will feature a new interface, which will be the first revamp of the UI which has been present in the operating software since the launch of its first version. The new UI will be modeled after the 3D gallery app on Nexus One handsets. The OS will also be programmed to support screen resolutions of 1280×760 on smartphones with screens larger than 4 inches in size.

The presence of Google’s own user interface on the Android 3.0 could eliminate the need for customized user interfaces from handset manufacturers such as HTC’s Sense and Motorola’s MotoBlur.

The basic requirements needed for Android 3.0 Gingerbread might also become available on low-end smartphones in the future, as companies such as Motorola that use Android OS in their devices have already announced plans for a smartphone with a 2 GHz CPU.

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