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Gingerbread aka Android 3.0 Details Released, Bad News for DROID 1?

Mobile-review.com’s Eldar Murtazin went off in a recent podcast on the subject of the next Android release we are expecting by the holidays, Gingerbread.  Normally we love to hear rumors about the next big upgrade, but these details have our split our hearts down the middle in more ways than one.  This news will scare the hell out of Motorola Droid 1 users and bring great joy to owners of the Droid Incredible

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher. (We all, of course, heard that Android handsets with 2GHz CPU’s are coming)
  • New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher. (Anyone thinking about Android tablets now? )
  • Completely revamped user interface. If you want to get a feeling of what Android 3.0 Gingerbread UX is like, check out the Gallery App on Nexus One. The same overall feel, light animated transitions,etc. Natively, through all the UI.
  • Android’s split into 2 branches becomes official. 3.0 for top of the line/high end devices. Cheap, low-end mass market handsets will keep Android 2.1/2.2

Basically we’ve got higher end devices moving forward onto some amazing things while every other device prior to the Incredible will be pushed aside and stuck with Froyo.  Of course, we can still expect more updates to Android 2.2, but the fragmentation created between 3.0 and 2.0 devices will be dramatic.  Just what Android needed right?  More fragmentation.

Update: As many of you have pointed out, who the heck is Eldar Murtazin and why is he any sort of authority on Android releases?  And are we even sure Gingerbread will be 3.0?  Questions which will likely go unanswered until we hear from Google.

One thing I will say to those of you still holding a Droid 1, Verizon does offer 1 year upgrades, so you’ll be able to pick up one of these 3.0 devices as an X-mas present to yourself.


Via: UnwiredView

  •  That’s ok… my Droid 1 was cool, still is really, but the new devices are so much better with more power and more options. I’ll update when my New-Every-2 is ready… but should I stick with the Android platform or go with the iphone? If the Android, then which phone?

  • Mikeyt6969

    FYI, Verizon is starting to crack down on the 1year upgrades. From what i have gathered, it was a nicety they offered, but is not in their legal obligations. Good luck.

  • Landoncbrown

    Gingerbread is 2.3

    3.0 is Honeycomb

    Is that clear enough?

  • Firefoxcloud2009

    Gingerbread is Android 2.3 first off, and second, the original Droid was dead after the lauch of the Droid 2

  • ok first off… verizon is offering 4 g here in charlotte with phones to follow in feb march. and new plans to meet needs. there in the works. what i dont understand is.. me.. i have a droid 1. baught it last dec. it has froyo update welll thing is.. i cant update to 3.0 because processor isnt fast enough… well… with holiday sales pushing new 3 g phones with gingerbread… now i qualify for the 1 year upgrade in well a week… i think its total bullhonkey that verizon is pushing 4 g….. with all customers locking into new 2 year agreements w 3. 3g devices. i personally will wait till feb march to pick up a nice 2ghz proc. w 4g and gingerbread, or im sure newer by then….. so people dont get in a hurry… be patient telcom is really upgrading a bunch if stuff in the next 12 months

  • I have a Nexus One, hope Vodafone don't have to edit the update like last time…


  • JesseDegenerate

    Yeah. Good call. It's November and we haven't seen a peep of “3.0” alla 2.3.

    My iphone destroy's my droid incredible. Google needs to release this. My iphone from 2007 had hardware acceleration of the OS.

    it also runs froyo. (lol, albeit slowly)

  • Ryan

    The original Droid (The Motorola Droid) deserves Gingerbread

  • Ryan

    The original Droid (The Motorola Droid) deserves Gingerbread

  • Larrythecableguysmom

    if this has truth then looks like the Droid 2 will be seeing some Gingerbread action. It is kinda baseline though especially with 2.0 GHz CPUs on their way. What do you guys think?

  • Larrythecableguysmom

    if this has truth then looks like the Droid 2 will be seeing some Gingerbread action. It is kinda baseline though especially with 2.0 GHz CPUs on their way. What do you guys think?

  • In order for me to be excited for Gingerbread (especially meaning having to get a new phone), it had better be WAY better with battery life than the current phones. {{-_-}}

  • El El Kool J

    Verizon 1 year upgrades is only for customers who pay 59.99 or higher for their plan. If your on a plan that is only 450 minutes 39.99 than your out of luck on the 12 month early upgrade status. You will be stuck waiting 20 months for eligibility…

  • Dhframpton

    Would have thought min requirements would include screen resolution not size. This would be important to an update that is focusing on improved UI.

    Processor speed can be got around. RAM and screen resolution much more difficult

  • Transparentvalor

    So if I bought the Droid X next month, it'll upgrade to Gingerbread in the fall? Or would I have to buy the Droid X AFTER Gingerbread launches and all phones released at that point will have it preloaded? I'm curious to know because the idea that your existing device upgrading its screen resolution to HD seems pretty questionable to me.

  • Tom

    So! Who wants to take bets on how quickly the dev community will take to get Gingerbread on the lower end devices? Maybe not the original Android devices, but I forsee Droid 1 being in the mix somehow…

  • willt

    so the droid x will be able to upgrade to 3.0?

  • scottholstein

    What I would like to know is how many of these devices (Nexus 1, Incredible, Droid X, etc…) have the ability to root and customize like my DROID. I am not asking that as a put down to those devices, rather, I would really like to know. A 2gig device that runs a newer version of OS might interest me…if I can root it. Rooting this device has kept it fresh, quick, and newer longer. Does anyone know how many current devices have root, and more importantly, how likely it will be for the new 2 gig devices to gain root once they arrive?

  • jedijesus95

    I'll be getting a new device next november and it will be awesome.

  • Rogue5

    So is this divided like high(3.x), middle(2.x) & low(non smartphones) class now?

  • Same rhetoric they gave for the eris. Even if that was the fastest fased out phone since the ericlson, they still spent time to ensure it would run on eclair. Droid 1 is not dead. Just aged. But aged like sean connery james bond aged……..will be lingering for years to come and always loved for us true to our roots.

  • SilentJay

    Are you kidding me, my droid is just a few months from being a “low end” device?! Darn technology and its ability to get me to throw money at the newest toys every few months!

  • dboy

    just fried my keyboard at work because of excess drool…thanks a lot droid-life 😉

  • Cirefit

    So your telling me i bout my high end Droid, and now its obsolete less then a year after release, this is fucked up because the droid 2 has the exact same chip set and its getting an update with a 1ghz processer so maybe the droid 1 also will

  • MrDMA

    Ahhhh….perfect timing for me…..I just ported over from AT&T (after 5 years) and bought a Droid 1 today via Wirefly! Grrrr!

    • Chris Nimon

      No worries, a rooted droid is and will still be in the top 5

  • My wife's pixie has it for free. Make the argument. You will win.

  • brando56894

    Does this mean that the minimum clockspeed has to be 1 GHz (ex. how windows 7 requires a mimimum of 2 GHz or whatever) for it to run perfectly or that it wont run period (locked out) unless you have the new OMAP or a Snapdragon? I just got my droid 4 months ago and Im going to be pretty pissed if I cant run (a rooted version of) Gingerbread in 4 months.

  • Appleanche

    I don't (want) to believe it to be honest.

    Especially since at stock 550mhz it's not exactly that much slower then a Nexus one, according to quadrant I just did (clocked at 550mhz) I scored 1061, The Nexus one at 1ghz scores about 1300. Both on 2.2… so it's much closer then a 550mhz to 1ghz shows.

    The ram is the only real question mark there, but I don't think thats a huge hurdle.

  • Since I'm the one who has started this Android 3 discussion in English, I'd like to address some questions raised in (updated) DL post, and comments.

    “Who the hell is Eldar Murtazin?”.

    Well, he is the guy who runs Russian site mobile-review.com, and has a proven record of major scoops. His recent biggest ones involve Nokia (Ovi Store, N900, N8). But he predicted launch of HTC Wildfire and other cheap Androids weeks in advance. From what I know, his access to early mobile stuff is much better then BGR, though what he shares, is only on par with him.

    No, we don't know if Gingerbread is Android 3. And given the Google's history with codenames/releases (Flan/Froyo, Eclair Android 2.0/2.1, anyone), and the way things went with Donut… Everyone was sure that Donut is Android 2.0, until Andy Rubin (I think), said that Donut is coming, but it is definitely not Android 2.0, sometime last summer.

    So, yes, Android Gingerbread may not be Android 3.0 release. And may come earlier. But the stuff he was talking about, are of such magnitude that it can only be from the next major version update -3.0.

    And, yes, I took some liberties in my post.

    Regarding the display resolution, what Eldar said in podcast was änd there's new resolution – 1280, and I think… what it is…I think 760…”So I might be wrong about 760, but am prety sure about 1280.

    • kellex

      Cheers and thanks for swinging by to clear some of that stuff up. We'll get readers to “like” this and move it up top.

  • Br_d

    I think a lot of people misunderstand the concept of branched code lines. Just because there's a 3.0 code line doesn't mean they can't upgrade the 2.0 code line.

  • banditball

    I can't wait for Christmas now……wish list: 2 Ghz…..front face camera…..and brilliant display that blows the “i” off the i*hone! 🙂

  • Chris Nimon

    I love my Droid. I decided that not even the Droid X will separate us. BUT, when that Droid Pro comes out I will get it. I will still love my Droid and ill put this game changing device on display in my office. maybe having it sticking out of apple would be a nice display 🙂

  • do u think cyanogen , bb, or jrummy, will make a 3.0 rom?

    • I'm wondering the same thing… The OTA update might be the one putting limits on the install. However, give the source to one of the many amazing Android devs around here and I'm betting we'll see Gingerbread, (no matter what the release number is) come to our DROIDs.

    • brando56894

      of course they will!

  • Dennis

    It says there will be a new resolution available for 4″+ devices.

    They mean for FUTURE devices, right? My future Droid X wont suddenly be able to use this new resolution will it?

  • this is very bad news indeed i love my droid 1 to the fullest and i wud love to receive all the newest updates and everything which makes the droid a better overall experience but i kno the droid1 being the first of the whole droid series i knew its limitations were gon show up soon it can do so much but so little at the same time knowing me i wud actually go out to get a new android just for a update and overall performance but i gota stick with my droid 1 its truly a beast in my eyes i believe sooner or late it will be obsolete but n da mean time ima enjoy it and hack the s*** outa it lol until i can give it that r.i.p. when the next thing big comes out i would still like to hear a official disclaimer from google talking about the gingerbread update cuz who is eldar murtazin that sound like some lord of the rings ish but yea if this is droid that droid wont get it it wont be a big issue but it ud be nice to receive further improvements with our beloved droids.

    • SixTen

      . . . . . . . . . . . . I just wanted to give you several of those for your next post. It appears that you have run out of them.

  • Searles_400

    so this is probably a dumb question…but in regards to the 1280×760 resolution comment, will the new phones be shipping with screens capable of that or are the newer phones coming out now set up for that resolution is the OS can handle it. in other words will the droid x for example be able to increase the resolition to 1280×760 with a newer OS like 3.0, or will that only be for phones coming out in the future with those screen specs

    • ek3

      resolution is hardware so software won't be able to change the resolution. So i believe future phones will have higher resolution like the iphone.

  • Pcrowley59

    What size battery is it going to take to run these things????????

  • I'm eagerly anticipating the 2 Ghz Droid rumored for late this year anyway.


  • RealGame22

    Most likely if your rooted, somebody will port this over. For you Nun-Rooted users…..Outta Luck

  • Highly disappointing news

  • My droid1 is pretty sick as is rooted, I'm not tripping I can wait til AI comes out on droid in 2011

  • StephanC

    Well damn. I guess I know what I'm getting for Christmas!