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.

Mobile-Review and Unwired View are reporting some of the changes that will be made in Gingerbread, including some pretty strict hardware requirements.

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

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9 replies on “Google Android Gingerbread coming in October with a 1GHz CPU requirement?”

  1. Our site (http://www.shanzai.com) covers a slew of tablet devices running Android, most of which would heartily welcome 1280×760 resolution support, but I doubt too many of those lower priced products would be running a 1GHz CPU… but maybe that's when we'll be able to see some very competitive (at least to the iPad) mainstream tablets emerge.

  2. Our site (http://www.shanzai.com) covers a slew of tablet devices running Android, most of which would heartily welcome 1280×760 resolution support, but I doubt too many of those lower priced products would be running a 1GHz CPU… but maybe that's when we'll be able to see some very competitive (at least to the iPad) mainstream tablets emerge.

  3. Our site (http://www.shanzai.com) covers a slew of tablet devices running Android, most of which would heartily welcome 1280×760 resolution support, but I doubt too many of those lower priced products would be running a 1GHz CPU… but maybe that's when we'll be able to see some very competitive (at least to the iPad) mainstream tablets emerge.

  4. Our site (http://www.shanzai.com) covers a slew of tablet devices running Android, most of which would heartily welcome 1280×760 resolution support, but I doubt too many of those lower priced products would be running a 1GHz CPU… but maybe that's when we'll be able to see some very competitive (at least to the iPad) mainstream tablets emerge.

  5. Our site (http://www.shanzai.com) covers a slew of tablet devices running Android, most of which would heartily welcome 1280×760 resolution support, but I doubt too many of those lower priced products would be running a 1GHz CPU… but maybe that's when we'll be able to see some very competitive (at least to the iPad) mainstream tablets emerge.

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