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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’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 quiksilvr on 6/30/2010 3:36:58 PM , Rating: 3
Okay this is a question that I have been wanting to ask and this seems like the appropriate place:

Why isn't HTC Sense UI an app that you can upgrade/uninstall?

Why can't I have the option to install HTC's Sense UI on other devices like the Droid and why can't I have something like Motoblur on my Nexus One?

This would give users the option to upgrade to Froyo without having to worry about "shells" and would give developers incentive to come out with an HTC Sense UI and Motoblur application compatible with the newest version of Android sooner.

RE: Boooo
By xmichaelx on 6/30/2010 4:09:09 PM , Rating: 1
Why can't I have the option to install HTC's Sense UI on other devices like the Motorola Droid...?

With one word added, the question answers itself. There's nothing in it for HTC to create such an app.

RE: Boooo
By bug77 on 6/30/2010 4:29:31 PM , Rating: 2
HTC doesn't have to make it. I think he was referring to Gnome/KDE style, so that themes are some sort of 3rd party window-managers. By removing the ability to tightly integrate a custom UI into the OS, that's the only way to do it.

RE: Boooo
By mcnabney on 6/30/2010 6:37:18 PM , Rating: 5
What you are asking for already exists.

You can root any Android device and install whatever floats your boat. I have seen Motorola Droids running SenseUI using Froyo with the processor clocked at 1.2ghz. Android is a tinkerer's wet dream. Of course you are breaking all kinds of copyright and warranty when doing this...

RE: Boooo
By kellehair on 6/30/2010 5:00:28 PM , Rating: 3
I disagree. If HTC makes a great UI available as a download from the Market that's only usable on their phones (assuming all this is possible) it would be a reason for customers to choose their phones.

RE: Boooo
By theapparition on 6/30/2010 4:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
Reportedly, Moto's new "skin" on the Droid X nicknamed Ninjablur is just that. Just truly a shell that can be turned off at any time.

Both Sense and Motoblur are hard coded into Android and cannot be disabled.

I agree with you, an app just like LauncherPro (for example) is definitely the way to go.

But on the other hand, Mfrs are not keen on the idea of users updating phone software. Just imagine people installing Android 2.5 (example) and some phone features not working anymore and having to support the myriad of configurations. They'd much prefer having official releases that have been thoroughly tested. Better for them and the average consumer. Not better for enthusiasts.

RE: Boooo
By mcnabney on 6/30/2010 6:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
Devices running custom UI like Sense and Motoblur are very slow, if ever, in moving to newer Android builds. My building these interfaces into Android they can't just move to new builds like a naked Android device can.

Google doesn't want any of their Androids to be crippled after the fact by not being able to advance to new Andoid builds because the manufacture doesn't want to spend money adjusting Blur/Sense to the new platform.

For example, Devour isn't going to 2.2 because it has Motoblur, but Eris and Droid will.

RE: Boooo
By theapparition on 7/1/2010 7:48:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah isn't that basically what I said.

Google doesn't want any of their Androids to be crippled after the fact by not being able to advance to new Andoid builds because the manufacture doesn't want to spend money adjusting Blur/Sense to the new platform.

Google doesn't care because they don't supply support to the end user directly. It is a pain for the manufacturers to release a new build for each phone and support it. If they had their way, they'd never update ANY phone. As stated before, that's actually better for the casual user but sucks for tech enthusiasts like ourselves.

That's why there's always root.

RE: Boooo
By adiposity on 7/1/2010 4:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
Google doesn't care because they don't supply support to the end user directly.

Google does care. That's why they are taking away the ability of the manufacturers to create non-vanilla android devices.

The reason they care is, they will make more money on the marketplace if everyone is using the newer versions of android.

RE: Boooo
By legaceez on 6/30/2010 5:14:45 PM , Rating: 4
I think the main reason is because custom UI such as Sense and MotoBlur are more tightly integrated into the OS than say OpenHome or LauncherPro. It's probably actually modifying some of the base code to enable/disable certain features and add new features not possible without such a tight integration into the OS.

In other words they aren't just replacements for the Home app like OpenHome and dxTop are. Sense and MotoBlur have a Home replacement component but there is probably a lot more to it. Plus with access to the low level OS i'm assuming the OEM UI's will run more efficiently.

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