Android 3.0 could launch as soon as October with 1GHz processor required
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With only the Nexus One gobbling up Froyo at the moment, is it premature to take a gander at the Gingerbread Man? According to Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review, the requirements necessary to get the Android 3.0 OS will mean the end of the line to some household names, including the Motorola DROID-arguably the phone that kicked the current run of Androidmania into high gear. It seems that the Gingerbread Man loves to munch on 1GHz chips which is one of the requirements for 3.0. 512MB of RAM is also a must as is a display of at least 3.5 inches. Just about all of the super spec'd models from HTC, Samsung and Motorola would be eligible for upgrade. The main focus of Android 3.0 is expected to be to a UX that would eliminate the need for Sense, Motoblur or TouchWiz. According to Murtazin, the galley in Android 2.1 resembles the feel of Android 3.0. The spec requirements could lead to some Android owners deciding to upgrade to one of the newer 1GHz models faster than they might have otherwise. For DROID owners, coming to the end of the line might force them to make some hard decisions.
1. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
Would the new UX mean faster updates for OS?
3. Vacuus Dilectio (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Apr 2009)
actually google has said they are gonna try to slow updates down to once a year anyways. (maybe twice a year I forget what I had read)
6. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i think they said they were aiming for regular 6 month updates instead of 2 months 7 months 3 months 5 months.
15. Univice (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
Good comment, I think I see what you mean ... currently android devices update as the phone manufacturers in conjunction with the service providers can or will provide a means to update a particular phone, and that can be held back by the custom UI or marketing strategies. Unlike say any computer running windows can get windows update regardless of who the manufacturer is. So the question I see is: Would the creation of a UI by Google make android updates easier to push out to all qualifying phones regardless of manufacturer or service provider? It would be nice if the user of any android phone could customize the UI (within the capabilities of the hardware) with add-ons rather than be restricted by a mandatory custom UI.
2. Vacuus Dilectio (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Apr 2009)
"For DROID owners, coming to the end of the line might force them to make some hard decisions." Not for me. I got my DROID when it first came out, I upgrade annually anyways and with rumors of a moto with 2gz and on board GPU has me excited to upgrade at the end of the year. I keep seeing ppl say how upset they are that all these newer and better phones keep coming out. To me it's exciting. Just cause I don't have the latest and greatest right now. Just think what will be out by the time I upgrade again! that's what is exciting to me about android. Each phone to come out is like a report card, a step in a larger directions. So bring on the droid x's and the droid xxx or w/e you wanna call the next one. I'll be ready in November, until then I still have an amazing phone that I don't feel like a sucker for buying.
4. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I have the HTC ARIA and I know it will not be uogradeable to 3.0 - no biggie as I bought the phone at full minus discount (nice to have connections, huh). I will just buy another one next year when I am ready.
5. xmguy1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)
I agree. I bought the Droid after parting ways with my Eris. I finally think I have a phone that (unless a phone comes out that is better than ANYTHING coming soon) I will keep for a long time. Plan to have my Droid go the full 2 years. I too usually upgrade yearly. The Droid is just that good of a phone. To me it's perfect. (minus HD vid recording)
7. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i love how this article tries to poke fun at the droid for some odd reason. Its probably written by the same dude that writes the "i
8. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)
i love hacking, guarantee ill have it on my my DRRRROOOIIIDDDD bb0.3 1.25ghz smokedglass haha suckers
9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well Droid owners, THAT'S why Motorola will have a new version of the Droid released so soon, coz it's 3.0 ready. [:
10. Vacuus Dilectio (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Apr 2009)
from what I've seen of the droid 2 spec wise I would recommend it for someone who liked the original droids form factor over something like the incredible or the droid x, but as a very happy droid1 owner that wouldn't be the phone I would upgrade too. I wanna hold out for something a little crazier then just a refresh (not saying that breathing new life into the droid isn't good but basically I've had my fun with this one and I wanna see something new)
11. corporateJP (Posts: 2263; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
I'm suddenly hungry for a delicious cookie decorated to look like a mortally-wounded Steve Jobs.
12. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Umm.. you do realize that we are talking about an OS for a phone which requires very high hardware specs compared to it's previous generation? Only a handful of today's phones will support it. What you should also remember however, is that not only many of those newer phones haven't reached many many other countries yet, there are some which are still waiting for the android phones of the 1st droid generation. Let's look at the competition. iOS4 has recently come out - and every iphone - from first to last - from 2007(!) - is capable of running it. Sure the 1st one is not officially supported, but it can be hacked to get it. Do you really want phone OSs be like games? Where in order to get the latest and greatest you need to upgrade every year? And what about contracts? Yeah you know - these things which make you pay for your phone for 3 full years? Not everybody has the money and capability to upgrade their phone every year like Mr. Vacuus Dilectio here. Far far from that, to be honest. Our israeli market has recently got the motorla milestone (a very late 2009 phone). And even if someone buys it now - he will not be able to upgrade to 3.0 later on. Shame.
13. Vacuus Dilectio (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Apr 2009)
paying 200 bucks once a year (with verizon I can upgrade annually based on my monthly fee) doesn't require me to have a 100k salary. I make like 10/hour while going to college. And btw if you wanna talk about a hacking community I'm sure if I wanted to I will be able to run 3.0 on my droid thanks to a HUGE rom community that continues to grow and grow. Ik people love to attack android fragmentation and I get it, that sucks. but even google said they are gonna try to slow down updates to a point it's not gonna be as bad as it is now. Only time will tell if it helps but I mean if you look at the amount of phones that are slowly getting 2.1 now (yes Ik 2.2 is around the corner) and honestly? With rumors of 1.5ghz dual core CPUs and 2ghz with nvidia these min spec actually don't seem THAT high end. I would also like to add if you really think about it, the Android OS really exploded when the droid came out. Love it or hate it Android has really grown more in these last 7 months then it's time before that. I think that kinda caught everyone off guard a bit. Yes verizon spent big advertising money on it so that helped but the storm1 proves that even marketing has it's limits. I think thats why android phones have been out dated so fast. I do sincerely believe it will get better, but I can't promise.
14. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Well, the only thing that I can say is that I hope you're right.
Android 3.0 could launch as soon as October with 1GHz processor required