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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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interesting
By jkresh on 6/30/2010 3:11:15 PM , Rating: 2
was strongly considering getting an evo 4g (after being a windows mobile user for a long time) now I might want to wait for android 3 (or at least see what the initial hardware will be capable of), which should let me see some windows mobile 7 devices as well.




RE: interesting
By Redwin on 6/30/2010 4:10:15 PM , Rating: 2
that may be true, but just think... if you hold out till 2025 or so to get a new phone, it won't need a UI because it will be able to read your mind!


RE: interesting
By PAPutzback on 6/30/2010 4:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'll never go back to a WinMo phone after having my EVO for a week. I paid a decent chunk of change for my Palm Treo Pro and I think it was outdated after the first Android 1.6 device came out at a third of the price. Ringer issues, blue tooth issues, freezes. It was like Win 95 all over again.


RE: interesting
By imaheadcase on 7/1/2010 8:56:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not much into the phone scene, but is it possible to upgrade a Windows phone to android? I have a HTC pure from AT&T.


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