Android 3.0 Gingerbread: details emerge

Two-tier Google OS is on the cards

New offering packs top-end requirements but could see low-end handsets lag behind.

Android 2.2 is barely out of the door, but one mobile fanatic has already got the skinny of what we can expect from the next Google OS update, due in October. Dubbed Gingerbread, or Android 3.0, it comes with stacks of awesome features, but also promises big changes from the Big G.

Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review has previous in getting the biggest mobile scoops and this is right up there. Android 3.0 is set to land on 15 or 16 October, with Google demanding that phones using the new OS come with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 1280x760 resolution for devices with screens four inches or bigger, with panels no smaller than 3.5-inches.

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Gingerbread is also expected to come with a completely revamped UI, a first for Android. Apparently, this takes its cue from the ace Gallery App on the Google Nexus One.

But most importantly, the upgrade will see Android split in two. Lower end efforts, such as the HTC Tattoo or Xperia X10 Mini, will continue to rock Android 2.2, while Gingerbread will go off to do battle with iOS 4, MeeGo and Windows Phone 7. The calling card for Android has been its similarity across a range of devices, but that’s all set to change.

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