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Android 3.0 may ship in mid-October, carry minimum specs

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Wed June 30, 2010

Google may fork Android 3 to guarantee experience

Android 3.0 may take some cues from Windows Phone 7 and could deliberately fragment the platform for different devices. Well-known leaker Eldar Murtazin on the latest episode of the Russian podcast Digestiv explained that Google would follow Microsoft in setting a minimum spec. Every 3.0 device would have to use at least a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and a 3.5-inch or larger display.

The new rules would also allow for extremely high resolutions depending on the screen size; four-inch or larger screens could support up to 1280x760.

Murtazin backed notions that the user interface would be much improved visually, but he also pointed to a deliberate splitting of its versions depending on hardware. Any phone that wouldn't meet the minimum requirements for 3.0 would be relegated to no more than 2.2.

A strategy of the sort could exacerbate a growing split between versions of Android as it would lock out even recent, low-end devices from accessing certain OS features, even if they weren't hardware-dependent. Regardless, it could establish a common baseline and would let Google promise a certain level of features that isn't possible with Android 2. The absence of tight hardware and software integration has been considered one of Android's limitations versus the iPhone, where Apple can design the OS around specific devices.

If Murtazin's information is accurate, Android 3.0 would ship in mid-October as a software-only release with phones preloading it by November or December. [via Unwired View]



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  1. pairof9s

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    Yep...

    ...this type of development is going to eventually show the wisdom in Apple's method of a controlled hardware/software product, so decried as "dictatorship" by some. When Android becomes the Animal Farm among smartphone users (all are equal, some more equal than others), people will become P.O.'d that they don't have the same features or services even though it's an Android phone.

  1. nelsoon

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    be clear

    Google if you do that, be clear, it could be wise to do to something like Android and Android lite.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    comment title

    I dont care. Stop reporting on cell phone viruses.

  1. dliup

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    a lie

    Cake is a lie.

    So instead of pretending they don't have issues with fragmentation, they are now saying they INTENDED to create severe incompatibility issues.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Yep

    ...this type of development is going to eventually show the wisdom in Apple's method of a controlled hardware/software product, so decried as "dictatorship" by some.

    I'm sorry, did you miss the part where Apple basically did the same thing? iOS 4.0 is not available for early iPods/iPhone because they don't meet the minimum specs to run it.

    And some iPhones lack the multitasking feature because, get this, they don't meet the minimum specs to run it!

    So, it is OK for Apple to decide on minimum specifications for a device, but if Google does it, it's them just fragmenting the market more.

    BTW, if Android 3.0 is released and used on devices that didn't have a 1GHz processor, say, and was really slow and such, would you not be laughing at them for allowing it to be used on such low-end hardware?

    When Android becomes the Animal Farm among smartphone users (all are equal, some more equal than others), people will become P.O.'d that they don't have the same features or services even though it's an Android phone.

    Wait you mean like those who buy the low-end iPhone now and then realize its last year's model, and doesn't have the front facing camera or all those other items Apple hawks with their new iPhone?

    Oh, right, that doesn't count, I'm sure, because, well, um, it's Apple?

  1. testudo

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    Re: a lie

    Yeah, and how many people actually have issues with the so-called "fragmentation" and how much of it is perceived?

    Oh, and for those who don't understand the concept, all the talk of 'fragmentation' in the Android arena sounds like a great example of FUD. Rumors and statements spread around to try to drive consumers away from competition.

  1. QualleyIV

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    Testudo = fool

    As usual, Testudo is the epitome of a fool. Your comments are so foolish, they can be rebutted in but a few sentences. As far as fragmentation is concerned, the point is that Android will fragment the market with respect to CURRENT DEVICES. Yes, iOS 4 obsoletes old devices. What it does not do is obseletes some CURRENTLY SHIPPING devices. Idiot.

    As far as how many people have "actual" issues as opposed to perceived issues, I find it interesting that you'll use this as an argument here but totally ignore that argument when it comes to something like the iPhone 4 reception issues. Am I surprised? No. You're a clown.

  1. pairof9s

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    Re: Re: Yep

    Once again, a complete misreading by Testudo...I can't always count on that!

    I'm not talking about old phones, I'm talking about phones you can get NOW that one has 2.1, another has 2.2, soon another will have 3.0. Some will go to 3.0, but others will not.

    My point is when's an Android an Android? Why is it the EVO has this feature but the Incredible does not...isn't it an Android? How am I going to know which is which and why some might be better?

    You're a fool if you think the mass public is going to easily understand and navigate this kind of world!

    /

  1. qazwart

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    Control of the Platform

    The big issue with Android is who controls it. Verizon is making its bid by creating the Droid Platform via Motorola and HTC. Verizon is currently creating a VCast store for Android, and Android developers are anxious to get in. VCast will be a popular destination, and users won't have to setup a separate account to use it.

    Verizon is giving VCast its own ad API that'll compete against AdMob. After all, there's no reason why Verizon will want Google to get all of that ad revenue when it can make a bid for it.

    Once VCast has a few thousands apps in it, Verizon can easily lock its Android phones out of the Android Marketplace and third party apps available from various webpages, and the vast majority of users won't care as long as the apps they want are in the VCast store. In fact, Verizon can explain why its VCast walled garden is so much better than the weed infested Android Marketplace.

    HTC and Motorola have used the Android platform to put on their own interfaces on top of Android. T-Mobile Android phones come with T-Mobile apps (which my son tells me are better than the standard Android ones). Each of these players, HTC, Motorola, T-Mobile, Verizon and others will fight against Google trying to regain control of the platform. They want their Android phones to be different from other Android phones. A common reference platform Android 3.0 promises will simply drive Android phones into a commodity product space that we see with the Windows Desktop market where people shop mainly on price since one Windows machine is much like the other.

    One of the problems with open source is controlling it and preventing it from fracturing into a million pieces. Anyone who has access to the code base could make their own project. What keeps an open source project together is all the players having the same goals. Originally, most of the Android players had a goal of producing phones that can compete effectively against the iPhone. Now, the Android players are playing against each other.

    Android is doing well for now, but its future is cloudy. It'll be going through some rough patches and it'll be up to Google to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, Google has had a lot of problems in the past with making all of the Android partners happy, and making sure that rollouts go smoothly. The Android partners are upset at the hectic release schedule which makes their latest phones obsolete in a matter of months.

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