Rumor: Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) Out October, For Higher-Specced Phones

The rumored HTC Vision has kept me very entertained with stories of it running Android 3.0, with a slide-out keyboard and dual-core processor. It sounds like a fantasy-phone, but could be real, judging by these latest Gingerbread rumors.

Mobile-review.com's Eldar Murtazin has a reputation for scoops and leaks, and while he only revealed the details about the upcoming Gingerbread release on his Russian podcast, Unwired View translated it as containing the following information:

* Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
* Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, displays from 3.5" and higher. We all of course heard that Android handsets with 2GHz CPU's are coming.
* New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4" and higher
* Completely revamped user interface. If you want to get a feeling of what Android 3.0 Gingerbread UX is like, check out the Gallery App on Nexus One. The same overall feel, light animated transitions,etc. Natively, through all the UI.
* Android's split into 2 branches becomes official. 3.0 for top of the line/high end devices. Cheap, low-end mass market handsets will keep Android 2.1/2.2

The last point is really interesting, if Murtazin's predictions of an October release for the firmware update are actually true. Android 2.2 (Froyo) has only just been released by Google, but most manufacturers and operators are yet to push it through themselves—it's believed HTC for example won't hit the trigger button until October.

These high-end phones which have already been confirmed for Froyo might not be so high-end come October, so with any luck we can see some new hardware which will be better suited for the new, higher-resolution support. I'm talking that HTC Vision, which is meant to be part of T-Mobile's Project Emerald.

Also mentioned in his podcast is that interfaces such as HTC's Sense, Motorola's MOTOBLUR and Sony Ericsson's TimeScape will have little relevance after Gingerbread comes out, as the update will offer much more than the UIs can give.

I'm pinning a lot of hopes on the upcoming Gingerbread release pushing manufacturers further, anyone else? [Digestiv via Unwired View]