Tag Archives: Android 3.0

Motorola to launch a 10-inch Internet Tablet running Android Gingerbread in November?

27 Jul

Motorola is expected to launch an Android-based Internet Tablet with a 10-inch display during the holiday season this year, according to The Street, which is quoting analyst Ashok Kumar, who has a history of big misses and some hits. While Motorola’s ambitions to launch an Internet Tablet does not surprise us, what is shocking in the report is that this device would be running on the next version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread.



It is already the end of July and we are yet to see devices running Android 2.1 aka Froyo and this speculation that Gingerbread might come on a device in about four months from now will only increase confusion and fragmentation of the OS.



Imagine this – consumers are still trying to figure out whether their Android phones running on Android 2.1 would get a Froyo update or not. Considering that there are no Android 2.2 devices available in the market, new buyers will now not only have to decide a new phone on the basis of whether it will get a Froyo update but also consider whether their spanking new phone will become outdated in less than six months with a new version of Android.

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9200?

5 Jul

Is this what the next version of the Galaxy S would look like? If some Russian sites are to be believed then this could be the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9200. We suspect this picture to be a fake render but the specs definitely look tempting. They are talking about a 4.3 inch 1280×720 pixel display, a 2.0 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM/4 GB ROM, 32 GB internal memory and an 8.0 MP camera with full HD (1020p?) video recording! And if you could not figure out by the specs, this one would run on Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread.



We will classify this one as a big rumour than a leak for the time being while we dig for more information.



via Unwired View

Rumour: HTC Sabor to run Gingerbread, sport 2.0 GHz processor?

1 Jul

File this under rumour rather than a leak right now but American carrier Sprint is preparing to launch the HTC Sabor, which will run on Android’s next version codenamed Gingerbread. The folks reporting this are also claiming the that Sabor would run on a 2.0 GHz processor, have dual-cameras with a 10.0 MP primary camera, a high resolution display and HD video recording.

The upcoming HTC smartphone destined for Sprint packs a 2GHz processor, over 1000 resolution display, Android OS 2.5 (gingerbread), 2 cameras with one being a 10-megapixel, 1080p video recording and built-in kickstand.

Now, the source is talking about Gingerbread as Android 2.5, whereas we have been hearing about it as Android 3.0. Also, it seems that HTC is going for its own variety of Super AMOLED displays after facing shortage issues with Samsung for its Incredible. It is more likely that HTC would have outsourced these displays from some other company (Sony, most likely) than manufacturing them on its own.



If these rumours are true, the HTC Sabor could very well have an Internet Tablet form factor (we can expect a bigger display from the claimed resolution) rather than simply an upgrade of the HTC Evo or the Motorola Droid X.

Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread gets detailed, gels well with our theory

30 Jun

Eldar Murtazin strikes again! The editor of Russian site Mobile Review and the guy who gets the dope before even many product managers inside companies has just detailed Google’s plans for Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread in a podcast. While we are no native Russian speakers but thankfully our good friends at Unwired View are and they have translated his podcast.



If Murtazin is to be believed (we believe him), Google will for the first time release a minimum spec requirement for Android 3.0. Of course, modders will hack and port it into devices with lower specs but essentially any phone to run Gingerbread needs to have at least a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and at least a 3.5 inch display. If the requirements sound familiar, well these are almost the same that Microsoft wants in phones running Windows Phone 7 OS.



Google will be announcing Gingerbread sometime in October (Murtazin claims October 15 or 16), with first devices ready to hit shelves in time for holiday shopping. Gingerbread will also come with a new UI throughout menus that would leave handset vendor skins like HTC’s Sense UI and Motorola’s Blur useless, but we doubt if Google would bar vendors from adding their own skins, like Microsoft has done with Windows Phone 7.



Google is also working on making the OS work with devices having displays bigger than 4.0 inches and resolutions as high as 1280×760 pixels, which means that Android might finally do more, much more, on an Internet Tablet device.



So essentially, what we have over here is that Gingerbread would be the OS for high-end Android phones, while lesser mortals would go as far as Android 2.2 aka Froyo. This is exactly what I had written in a post almost a month back:

Considering that there are all sorts of phones at all possible price points and hardware configuration, it would help Google (and Android) if it classified which categories of phones run on which version of Android. This could be based on the processor/memory configuration of the phone. What this would do is ensure that the highest-end segment of phones run on the most advanced OS version while the phones in the lower-end of the spectrum run on a more basic/lite version that gives most features but skips the processor-intensive stuff. By doing this, users will get a more refined user experience suited to their choice of hardware, which has been one of the main reason for the iPhone’s success. It would also mean that developers will be able to target high-end devices with better quality apps.

Well, it seems like Android might finally come of age this holiday season!