Rumors are spreading about Google’s next version of their open source Android operating system codenamed Gingerbread.
Engadget’s Chris Ziegler reported yesterday that Eldar Murtazin has “spilled a few details on what he knows of the release on a Russian podcast.”
Apparently, Gingerbread is going to support 1280 x 760 resolution for devices with screens larger than 4 inches. This paves the way for tablet manufacturers to embrace Android, which Cisco is doing with the Cius tablet.
The theory is that lower-end devices will continue running Android 2.1 and 2.2, because Google is expected to require much beefier hardware to run Android 3.0.
As Ziegler notes, this sounds like a recipe for platform fragmentation.
He also reported that Android 3.0 devices should be hitting the shelves around October – just in time for the holiday season.