Rumor: Android 3.0 “Gingerbread” to Have Minimum Hardware Requirements

According to rumors currently hitting the internet, the Android team will be imposing specific hardware requirements on handsets if they expect to run Android 3.0.  Rumored to be the Gingerbread release, this could go a long way to ensuring handsets don’t quickly fall by the wayside.  What sort of requirements are we looking at?  Well, let’s just say this – I cannot wait until these phones arrive! 

  • 1GHZ CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 3.5-inch (or larger ) displays
  • New 1280×760 resolution (Devices with displays of 4-inch or more)

According to Eldar Murtazin‘s Russian podcast (transcribed, detailed here), Android will split into two branches with 3.0 for high end devices.  Lower cost and mid-range devices will still run Android 2.1, 2.2 for the time being.  As we’ve heard before, the user interface is getting a major overhaul and should go a long way toward eliminating custom builds like Sense and MOTOBLUR.

Look for Android 3.0 to surface around the middle of October with handsets arriving in time for the Christmas “Holiday” buying season!  This would match up perfectly with what we’ve been hearing concerning a dual-core phone from T-Mobile.

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