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New operating system will be for high end handsets only, will scrap third party shells (Motoblur, HTC Sense)

Android 2.2 seemed pretty cool, bringing Flash 10.1, a Davlik JIT compiler for faster apps, and the ability to run apps off a memory card.  But Google's recently unveiled Android 3.0 operating system, codenamed "Gingerbread" may make Android 2.2 "Froyo" look downright pedestrian.

First and foremost, not all Android phones will get Android 3.0 when it launches in Q4 of this year.  Only high end handsets, and potentially tablets, will get the top of the line operating system.  Laggard models (also known as "entry level" smartphones) will still run either Android 2.1/2.2, which will be kept alive by minor updates.

For those who experience Android 3.0, the taste will be sweet.  The minimum spec calls for 1 GHz processors, 512 MB RAM, and a 3.5" display.  Resolutions of 1280x760 will be offered on displays 4" and larger, surpassing the iPhone 4's fancy "Retina Display".  And some phones are rumored to have 2 GHz processors (hopefully they'll come with a hearty battery or employ significant die shrink power savings).

Another drastic change in Android 3.0 is that Google is killing off third-party user interface shells like Motorblur and HTC Sense, by offering a faster, superior alternative.  The new built-in UI is reportedly similar to that seen in the Gallery app in this clip, with fluid animations and a photobook sort of feel to it.

The wealth of information was leaked by Mobile-review.com’s Eldar Murtazin in his Russian language/locale podcast "Digestiv." This podcast has been translated by 
Unwired News.

In the podcast, Murtazin claims that the new OS will air to developers and tinkerers in mid-October 2010.  That will be followed by a November/December series of hardware launches, just in time for the Christmas season.



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RE: Boooo
By cochy on 6/30/2010 3:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how manufacturers will differentiate themselves now. Their custom UIs were the best way to set them apart from the competition. Hardware specs are similar through the industry.


RE: Boooo
By psych2l on 6/30/2010 3:30:42 PM , Rating: 4
I think this is a good move, especially considering they have the WebOS designer heading the UI team. Manufacturers should differentiate by hardware aesthetics, my Evo's HID bluetooth profile is broken because of sense's deep integration. I've switched to launcherpro personally.


RE: Boooo
By nidomus on 6/30/2010 4:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
I was switching between launcher and sense, but with the OTA update for the EVO, poof! those options went bye-bye. No longer can I set the sense UI to force quit and hit the home button, then choose to use Launcher. Sense now automatically starts and there is no way to clear defaults under the application settings for the Sense UI.


RE: Boooo
By Adul on 6/30/2010 8:52:38 PM , Rating: 2
time to root your phone. :)


RE: Boooo
By wushuktl on 7/6/2010 1:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
with a market that has multiple manufacturers but a single os it's a lot like the laptop market. i don't really see much difference between an hp laptop and sony, i'm just going to be swayed by price then


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