Android 3.0 Gingerbread detailed

You might well be sitting and waiting for Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) to land on your current smartphone. Well, as you are doing that, others are creating the operating system to follow it, Android 3.0, codenamed Gingerbread.

As the number suggests, this isn't just another tweak, it's a new level and one that was rumoured to be landing around October 2010, which is perfect timing for the Christmas smartphone rush.

What does it offer? That part has been pretty sketchy so far, but according to Unwired View,’s Eldar Murtazin has detailed some of the major features in a podcast. A podcast in Russian, but thankfully someone has transcribed it for us.

Which means we now know Android 3.0 Gingerbread is actually scheduled for mid- October (around 15 -16th), with the first handsets shipping in November/December as expected. We also now know that there are minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices, which are 1GHZ CPU, 512MB of RAM, displays from 3.5-inch and higher.

There will also be a new 1280 × 760 resolution available for devices with displays of 4 inches and higher (tablets for example) and a completely revamped user interface, which should mean the end of third party interfaces on smartphones.

The end result looks like being two different Android interfaces, Android 2 for lower end phones, Android 3 for more powerful phones. Those higher-end handsets should certainly give the iPhone 4 a run for its money - we can't wait! More news on the specifics of those phones later in the year.

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