Gingerbread Won’t Need 1GHz CPU Dan Morrill
We can all breath a little easier after confirmation from Dan Morrill, the Android Open Source and Compatibility Tech Lead that Android 2.3 which is also known as Gingerbread will not need a minimum 1GHz processor to operate normally.
The information was made available through a Tweet and in response to an LG rep Facebook post which had the incorrect processor requirements for Android. It can’t get any clearer then what Morrill said on Twitter:
Random note: there’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I’d know
This was further followed by comments by another Android engineer, Brian Swetland who said:
Any device that runs well with Froyo should run even better with Gingerbread. The base hardware requirements have not changed. Of course OEM updates do depend on individual OEM efforts, and I can’t speak for the OEMs, but there’s no technical reason devices able to run Froyo shouldn’t be upgradeable. I think the Froyo->Gingerbread migration should be less painful for device developers than Cupcake->Donut or Eclair->Froyo.
It therefore looks like Android 2.3 will be compatible with most Android phones that are running Android 2.2 and even phones like the Samsung Galaxy S which is slated to receive Android 2.2.
There are no confirmed release dates for Gingerbread except for the Nexus S which should receive it on December 16th. However, if past history is any indication, the Nexus One received Android 2.2 in a few weeks. The HTC EVO needed 6 weeks for a complete rollout while the Motorola Droid was done within a few days after HTC. The Samsung Galaxy S required six months to completion and the L Ally, well, we’re still counting on this one.
The point here is that the top Android phones seem to receive the software updates faster then less popular models which means if you have a top 10 phone, you should be in good shape to get the update sooner rather then later.