Google Android 2.2 Froyo is just starting to ship, but the folks at the Googleplex are already working on the next generation of the mobile operating system. We’ve heard a few details about the new version of Android, code-named Gingerbread It should be available later this year, and it should have some user interface improvements. But that’s about all we knew… until now.
Phones will reportedly need a 1GHz or faster CPU, at least 512MB of RAM, and a 3.5 inch or larger display to run the Gingerbread release of Android. The operating system is also said to support 1280 x 768 pixel screen resolutions on phones with 4 inch or larger displays. It’s not clear if this is a response to Apple’s Retina display on the iPhone 4, or just the natural evolution of the pixel wars.
Here are a few more changes we may see in Gingerbread:
- Higher end devices will get Android 3.0/Gingerbread while lower end models will be stuck with Android 2.1 and 2.2
- The user interface will feature 3D animations and transitions similar to the Gallery app in Android 2.1
- Gingerbread could be released in mid-October, with the first Gingerbread phones shipping in November or December
Let’s take this with a grain of salt for now. It all comes from a single source talking on a recent podcast, and that source doesn’t exactly work for Google. But it all sounds… interesting, at the very least.
Update: It looks like those minimum “requirements” might just be suggestions.
via Android Central