Google completes Android 3.0?
While an official announcement has yet to be made, the internet is full of rumours that Google's Android developers have completed the next version of its popular open source mobile operating system. Android 3.0, code-named "Gingerbread", is expected to be released before the end of the year and may require extra hardware compared to older versions. Devices that don't meet the new minimum hardware requirements will likely remain on either version 2.1 or 2.2 of Android
The online buzz is the result of a YouTube video on the Android Developer's Channel. The video, entitled "We've been baking something", shows a massive Gingerbread man being delivered to the Google Campus. The same thing happened just before the arrival of previous versions of Android, including Froyo, Eclair, Donut and Cupcake. Exact details of the Android 3.0 release have yet to be confirmed, but the giant lawn decoration is ready when Google is.
The latest stable release of Android is version 2.2, code named "Froyo" (for frozen yoghurt). It was released at this year's Google I/O developer conference and first arrived on the company's Nexus One smartphone. A number of other devices, such as the popular Motorola Droid on US CMDA carrier Verizon, the HTC Desire and the HTC EVO 4G, have all been updated to Android 2.2.
- Google reports >30% of Android devices now running 2.2, a report from The H.
- CyanogenMod 6.0 brings Android 2.2 to older devices, a report from The H.
- Report: Android 3.0 to arrive in mid-October with minimum specs, a report from The H.