Eldar Murtazin has just confirmed the availability of Android 3.0 for October this year in one of his podcasts. Given the time-frame between the release of a new Android version and the successful porting of custom UIs onto the OS, we can expect to see the Android 3.0 Gingerbread on handsets in the first quarter on the next year or the last quarter of this year at the best. The news was earlier confirmed by Google itself in a WebM page which said,
WebM support in Android is expected in the Gingerbread release (currently planned for Q4, 2010). We expect many other Google products to adopt WebM and VP8 as they prioritize it with their other product requirements. Keep an eye on the WebM blog for announcements.
However, there is a slight change of plans this time. The fragmentation problem just increased for good in the Android platform. Google has officially confirmed two versions of the Android platform. One will be in the league of 2.x devices and the second will be 3.x devices. The 2.x devices will cater to low budget handsets and the 3.x devices will aim for higher juice powered handsets.
TO start with, Gingerbread has official system requirements that will put current Android cellphones in the mid-range to shame. The minimum requirement is a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM and a 3.5″ screen size. That is too much to ask for, as only a few devices in the current market can boast of that kind of power.
Android 3.0 will sport a brand new virtual machine, improved speeds on apps, HD video recording and internet optimizations. Apart from this, the Gingerbread will feature a revamped and speedy UI.
However, the system requirements are excessively high for this Android version and people will opt for a budget phone. Another fact to watch out for would be how much this influences developers.