A few details on Android 3.0 – Gingerbread – have finally started to trickle down. We already knew that Gingerbread was going to focus on UI tweaks, as Google has said that’s people are most reporting they want — and let’s face it, there’s always room for improvement! But other than that, we knew nothing.
Well, BoyGeniusReport has gotten received some information from Eldar Murtazin, who has been proven in the past to be a reliable source for upcoming Android information. So what has he shared?
Most of the handsets out now will never see 3.0, as it is aimed specifically at the high-end devices. It’s very strict requirements are said to be a 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, and a display size of 3.5″. There are a few phones out now that make that cut (Evo, anyone?), but most of you will have to settle for 2.1 or 2.2 on the phone you have now. For phone makers wanting to go even bigger, Android 3.0 will support a resolution up to 1280×760, and the UI redesign is said to continue in the trend that was started with the Photo Gallery on the Nexus One.
It has also been stated that we can expect an official announcement and more information mid-October, and that the first Gingerbread handsets should be available around Christmas.
I know that I, for one, will be keeping those requirements in mind when looking at my next phone (likely the Samsung Epic), because those interface enhancements sound nice. I guess we’ll have to sit tight until October, or the next leak, for more information.