Some phones may not receive a Gingerbread update due to 1GHz CPU requirement? (update: maybe not)

by Tyler Cunningham on
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Has the announcement of Android 2.3 put you in a state of holiday cheer? Well, if your phone doesn’t meet the minimum hardware requirements, you may soon find yourself saying bah humbug!

Reports are coming in that manufacturers are starting to release statements about which of their devices will eventually be seeing Gingerbread.  TechRadar picked up a story that HTC looks to have confirmed a future update for the Desire HD, and the company itself issued the following statement:

“We are excited about the OS update coming for Android, and while HTC will definitely have some phones running this OS, we do not have a specific timeframe for new phones or updates at this time. Please stay tuned for more details”

In addition to this, LG USA made the following statement in response to a question about when the Optimus One will get Gingerbread:

As you can see, LG has stated openly that Gingerbread has a 1GHz CPU requirement, which was outlined way back in June when Gingerbread was still dubbed Android 3.0. So, for those of you who aren’t into custom ROMs and who have phones that do not meet this minimum CPU requirement, it looks like you may not be receiving a tasty Gingerbread snack unless you shell out for a new phone.

Update: It looks like LG may have jumped the gun on that one (or perhaps they were just using it as an excuse), but Dan Morrill, Android’s Open Source and Compatability Tech Lead, just tweeted the following:

Random note: there’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I’d know.;)

I was a little skeptical about all of this, especially given yesterday’s news that Gingerbread has been ported to the Eris. We’ll be staying on top of this one for you, so stay tuned.

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  • http://www.briefmobile.com Whosdaman

    Does that mean no love for Desise Z/G2?

  • Hotmann

    Wow, does this mean no love for the G2 despite it being faster than all the 1ghz phones?

  • Lox

    Well I do not think it is a strict limitation to CPU’s “clock speed” but a limitation to CPU’s global performances.

    For example the Desire Z/G2 has better performances than a lot of first gen 1ghz cpus.

    So cross fingers and wait for official announces.

  • http://www.curious-creature.org Romain Guy

    There is no such requirement. To quote our very own Dan Morrill:

    “Random note: there’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I’d know. ;)”

    http://twitter.com/morrildl/status/12286032892403713

  • Mark

    Random note: there’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I’d know. ;)

    http://twitter.com/morrildl/status/12286032892403713

  • kevin

    This can’t be true. A high clock spped doesn’t mean better performance. The G2 has a 800MHz CPU but its faster than some phones with 1GHz CPUs.

  • Scott

    The G2 has a 1Ghz processor that is clocked to 800 in the software

  • Brian

    LG just posted an official statement apologizing for jumping the gun.
    http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/publicnotices/lg-mobile-optimus-facebook-posting.jsp

  • Jon

    Any hopes for LG Ally?