Samsung had launched the Galaxy S just a few weeks ago. The Galaxy S is currently one of the best Android phones in the market right now with a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of RAM. The device has got ravishing reviews all over the interwebs. Samsung has even managed to sell around 200,000 Galaxy S in 10 days in South Korea. Now it looks like Samsung is already working on the successor of the Galaxy S.
A leaked picture of the successor of the Galaxy S a.k.a Galaxy S I9200 has been found on the internet. The phone is rumored to feature a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280×720. The phone will be powered by a 2 GHz processor (!), and will have 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of ROM. The camera at the back of the device will be an 8MP one, with 1080p video recording capability.
The phone will also be one of the first phone t be released in the market with Gingerbread pre-loaded. According to me, the specification of the phone surely seems to be cooked up. It is way too early for Samsung to even start working on a Galaxy S successor.
Couple of days ago, when I read that Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) will have minimum hardware requirements of 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM, my heart sank. I thought my Xperia X10 will be only limited to Android 2.2. But, the editor-in-chief of mobile review, Eldar Murtazin gave some clarifications via his tweet.
He tweeted, “Yesterday have a very good conversation and some clarifications. 1 Ghz, 512 Mb etc its not minimal requirements but recommended one”. This means that few high-end Android devices, who thought that they will be left out in Android 3.0 party, can now relax.
The other suspense on the Android 3.0 OS is that no third party UI will be supported. This suspense still exists because no official comment has been made on it. For phones with screen size of 4″ or more, the resolution will be increased to 1280 x 760p via Android 3.0. Let us wait for more leaks and info on the Android 3.0. You can read the previous post here.
With Android 2.2 Froyo out of the way, Google has already begun developing the next generation Android OS dubbed Android 3.0 Gingerbread which is expected to be released in Q4 2010.
If you are excited about Gingerbread, here is a catch that might make older handset users cringe. According to a French website WebDevOnLinux, Google will be imposing a minimum configuration for running the next release of Android.
The minimum configuration will be a 1GHz processor, 512MB Ram and 3.5 inches or more screen size. This new requirements will mean that older Android handsets will not be able to use Gingerbread unless they root it.
Nevertheless, the newer handsets being released these days meet these minimum requirements. Just make sure that they follow these requirements, or else you will not be able to use Gingerbread in the future. You can also take a look at the Top 10 Android Handsets in the Market before you make your decision.
Android has always been criticized for its fragmentation. Google did say at its I/O conference that with Android 2.2 Froyo, it is trying to stop fragmentation. However, with Gingerbread due for release at the end of this year, we wonder how much Froyo will be successful in kerbing the Android OS fragmentation.
The cycle of two OS updates per year is something which handset manufacturers and developers struggle to cope up with. Sony Ericsson, being an example here, will launch the Android OS 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 when Gingerbread will be hitting the market.
The main guy behind the Android OS at Google, Andy Rubin said that the two OS update per year cycle will soon be reduced to one OS update cycle per year. Andy Rubins told this in an interview with the Mercury Times. He said:
Awe’ve gone through a lot of product iterations because we had to bring the product up to market spec. Quite honestly, the product when we launched it, it didn’t really feel like a 1.0, it felt like kind of an 0.8, but it was a window of opportunity and the market needed an entrant at the holiday season.
So we launched it, and from our internal 0.8, we got to 1.0 pretty quickly, and we went through this iteration cycle. You’ve noticed, probably, that that’s slowed down a little bit. Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that’s moving â€” it’s hard for developers to keep up. I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don’t want developers to have to predict the innovation.
This surely will help phone manufacturers like HTC and Sony Ericsson who have a custom UI running on top of the Android OS. By the time, these companies port their custom UI to the latest version of the Android OS, the next version of the Android OS is around the corner. Hopefully, the launch of Android Gingerbread won’t be pushed back due to this.
We still have few days left for the official release of Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo, but the release date of the future Android OS, Gingerbread is already disclosed. The Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is scheduled to release in Q4 2010.
Google has just introduced their latest WebM media format. In the WebM documentation, is the first mention of Android 3.0 release date.
“When will other Google products support WebM and VP8?
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.”
So, we still have to get our hands on the Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo and the future Android OS is already in the Menu. Let us wait for Android 2.2 and let the Gingerbread to be baked meantime.
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