Android Gingerbread details leak: 1280×760 support, revamped UI

by X10 on June 30, 2010

in Firmware, News

Android GingerbreadThe first details of Androidโ€™s next major revamp, codenamed Gingerbread, has reportedly been leaked by Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review.com fame. He revealed some juicy details in a Russian podcast. None of this can be verified as we donโ€™t speak Russian, so weโ€™ll have to trust unwiredview on this one!

They say that Android Gingerbread will be targeted at high-end devices and will therefore have a number of minimum specs. This includes a 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM and a display larger than 3.5-inches. Ticks most of the Xperia X10 boxes apart from RAM.

Interestingly, a new 1280×760 pixel resolution will also be supported for devices larger than 4-inches. It will also come with a completely revamped user interface. The arrival of Gingerbread should also mean the end of customised UI skins like HTC Sense. Apparently, Gingerbread will launch in mid-October and the first handsets shipping with the new OS will appear in November/December.

Update: Eldar Murtazin has recently tweeted saying that the Gingerbread requirements are recommended and not minimal.

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1 CompactDstrxion June 30, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Hang on a minute, doesn’t the X10 only have 384MB of RAM?

2 X10 June 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

You’re right, was getting ahead of myself! Oh well, Froyo will still be welcome.

Will update the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

3 ///MEDO June 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

You Never Know… maybe the X10 will get the Gingerbread ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefuly
Ram isnt Everything youknow
Have Faith Guys

SonyErricsson..Make.Believe..

4 maxpayne June 30, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Awesome..
happy to hear x10 will support when it come….:-)

5 maxpayne June 30, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Ouch! X10 won’t support?
Eh… that’s bad… anyhow am getting a Droid x real soon…
Will not sell ma x10 though……:-)

6 Irf June 30, 2010 at 6:34 PM

@MEDO: Sony won’t want to release it for X10 because it will end the custom UIs….sony’s whole sales pitch is the custom UI. Which is why they’re delaying the release of 2.1 so much.

7 X10 June 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM

So what handsets currently announced will support Gingerbread. I make it the Nexus One, HTC Desire, Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, and Motorola Droid X. Any others?

8 xander June 30, 2010 at 7:07 PM

and what does this have to do with xperia x10???? i have already read this in several other places..I thought this blog was meant to be strictly for xperia..pointless post..pretty much all tech blogs have this

9 X10 June 30, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Originally I thought the minimum specs meant we would see on the Xperia X10, if not anything else than at least through root. The fact that this may not be coming to the X10 is news in itself, although obviously these are all rumours for now.

Besides, most of the readership here is invested in Android and given that this is one of the next big Android iterations I think it is entirely relevant.

10 Raj June 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM

@X10 Dell Thunder (isn’t out yet but from specs it can do it), Samsung Galaxy Tape (the tablet version of Galaxy S), All other version of the Samsung Galaxy S that are popping up. One ones which can’t, the Samsung I8520 Beam, the phone with the Projector can’t, has only 384MB RAM (spec from GSMarena)

I personally don’t believe this. It all sounds like something Microsoft would say, and Google wouldn’t want to be like them. I reckon these specs are “Recommend” specs for Gingerbread. Otherwise, they would make half of HTCs phones outdated and the X8 would be cut down before it even gets out.

11 Raj June 30, 2010 at 7:37 PM

P.S

Also, Motorola MILESTONE won’t be able to get it as it only has 600mhz

12 Asrujit June 30, 2010 at 8:59 PM

cant wait to see in my x10

13 Raj June 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM

There’s something else I just thought of. What if the spec is meant to say “at least 512mb ROM” instead of RAM? I would think the minimum requirement of ROM would be more important than RAM

14 Obasan June 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM

raj may have a good point there

15 gull July 1, 2010 at 3:10 AM

isn’t x10 is using only 256mb of its ram currently due to os limitation?

16 Mayowa July 1, 2010 at 3:17 AM

@Raj
Actually to be fair, Google’s been making some pretty borderline calls lately. I won’t be surprised if the next step is to impose hardware limitations..

17 Ruben July 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Is it not entirely possible that the handset manufacturers will stick to 2.1/2 with their custom UI’s for the time being? If you look at 3.0 it does seem to be driven towards tablets with the batch of minimum requirements. Also, as much as I’m looking forward to Eclair and hopefully Froyo, my X10 is running just fine. I do not understand why everyone needs to upgrade to the latest version of the OS so badly.

Personally the fact that Google is churning out a new OS iteration every couple of months is putting me off Android because you can’t keep up with it. This is one example for Apple’s crazy amount of control over handsets and OS versions and apps actually makes sense.

18 X10 July 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM

The main reason I’m looking forward to Froyo is Flash, the other features are nice, but enabling Flash would transform the mobile browser experience personally speaking.

19 Keiko July 2, 2010 at 1:01 AM

I agree with Ruben. It is pretty insane that Google keeps updating so quickly. Progress is good, but every few months is a bit much. All this busy body releasing new OS nonsense feels a bit rushed for me. I do understand that the nature of Open Source technology can lead to fast innovation, but even new Linux kernels/distributions seemed to “cook” a bit more; I think that’s a good thing.

That said, the Xperia x10 is my first android device, and coming from someone who has an iPhone, and subsequently iPhone 3G, and then 3GS background, I love it. Personally, I think the Android OS is, if not a bit better (customization wise) is on par with Apple’s iPhone OS.

I don’t see the need for Gingerbread. Not only does the X10 not meet the memory requirements, we also don’t have a screen that can accommodate a 1280×760 resolution; and I don’t usually carry around large screens or other devices other than a cellphone with that high of a resolution when I’m not home. I feel there’s only so much functionality, that I need from a mobile computing device, and since Apple first raised the bar the new smart phone craze has largely filled that niche I think. It just needs some fine tuning to make it invaluable. Flash would be great because its still useful on the web, multitasking would also be great, that’s all we do in life, and a point-to-point GPS system.

20 mez July 2, 2010 at 8:26 AM

if the x10 isnt compatible according to thier specs, then their own phone the nexus one isn’t either as its screen is only 3″7. So i doubt that’s the case..

21 Kuneho July 2, 2010 at 9:06 AM

hey google clarified the issue…
“1 Ghz, 512 Mb etc its not minimal requirments but recommended one.”
got it from gizmodo
http://gizmodo.com/5578055/android-gingerbread-rumors-dismissed-by-google-on-twitter
now there’s still hope for an x10 gingerbread ^^,

22 ///MEDO July 2, 2010 at 11:38 AM

You See Guys I Told You That The X10
will get the Gingerbread Hopefuly if sony did come with the update
like in end of 2011 hehh.

23 Raj July 2, 2010 at 2:01 PM

HA, didn’t I say it was a “recommend” spec (smug face one) B-D

24 Raj July 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM

meant “on” not “one” (smug face off) lol

25 FearKill July 2, 2010 at 5:41 PM

This is so false!!!!!
Proof!
http://twitter.com/morrildl/status/17527838378

26 Jean July 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

if my x10i supports this Gingerbread, it will be my lucky….

27 Pochi July 11, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I bet they won’t release Gingerbread for the X10 officially (Froyo at best), because of its focus on the UI and its elemination of the custom UI (Timescape and Mediascape here).

Offtopic, do you guys recommend me to buy an X10 or wait for newer models of android phones since I need a 4+ inches screen phone with at least 1ghz processor and decent other specs (I have HTC Legend at the moment).

28 ///MEDO July 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

@Pochi I recommend you buy a X10 or HTC Desire.
They Both have 1GHz Processor and both at the same price
for me i take X10 because of the design ๐Ÿ™‚
X10: 384MB Ram, 4′ inch screen, 1GB Rom(Internal memory).
HTC Desire: 576MB Ram, 3.7′ inch screen, 512 Rom.
check these website for more information:
X10: http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_xperia_x10-2964.php
HTC Desire: http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_desire-3077.php

29 Pochi July 12, 2010 at 11:17 PM

@///MEDO: I think I lean more toward the X10 because as what you have said, the design is far better and also the screen size which is larger and serves the needs of my fat fingers xD, plus I have HTC Legend (same UI as the desire) which I am using right now but Struggling with it since it has small screen for my fingers, abit slow in when I play Games on it, and the signal drops sometimes, not going to sell it in favour of an X10 though because it’s an awesome device by its own.

Thanks for the comparsion though ///MEDO I really appreciate your help. :>

30 clueless July 17, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Let X10 get a 2.1 upgrade firstly. Den d gin-bread

31 Keyhan July 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM

@Pochi: My friend, take this piece of advice. I first had Xperia X10 but i sold it and got a HTC desire. Although X10 was a very good device but by getting Xperia X10, you’re losing lots of things that are in HTC desire. Some of them are as follows:
– Android 2.1 (will be getting Android 2.2 very soon in Q3)
– Flash
– Better performance ( It is really fast even faster than what I thought. It never lags because its ram is 576 mg)
– Better camera! Yeah, believe me! Xperia camera is 8 Mega Pixel but despite that, HTC camera is way better.
– AMOLED screen which is more sensitive in kinds of touching
– Having wider range of chances to customize your home screen (7 screens but Xperia’s is only 3)
– More cool widgets ( It has just 12 different clock widgets and lots lots more!)
– Pinch to zoom capability
– FM radio
and more…
You may check this website out for more information:
http://www.htc.com/desire
But it’s still up to you. I just told you my personal experience and what I felt about Xperia X10 and HTC desire. At first, I was a big fan of SE but now I realize that companies like HTC which is expert in creating smart phones for years, can’t be compared to companies like SE which is the integration of two company and has Xperia X10 as its first Android phone.
Just don’t make the mistake I made!

32 Pochi July 18, 2010 at 5:11 AM

@ clueless: can’t wait to see gingrebread UI myself.

@ Keyhan: Thanks for your described replay, I myself have an HTC legend and it’s a fine phone except for the small screen and the camera, it’s snappy despite the 600 mhz processor, I wish I bought the desire instead because it was around 60 euro more expensive but looking at the specifications of the Desire it worth the price.

From the reviews I read on the internet they said the Xperia X10 has better camera and multimeda functions than the desire, also the TFT screen of Xperia X10 is much better in terms of sunlight eligibility compared to the AMOLED of the desire plus the 4 inch screen of the X10, other than that I agree with you (you kinda scared me because you said you used to be SE fan and you didn’t like the X10 :

33 Keyhan July 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM

@pochi: Firstly, don’t compare legend to desire. Desire battery, camera, function, and of course screen is different from the legend ones.
I agree with you that X10 is better in terms of sunlight eligibility but desire screen is OK and also X10 screen is just 0.3 inch bigger than desire one.
Believe me, desire camera is better than X10. I’ve had both phones and have taken pictures with both of them and then compared them. The winner was HTC desire. But I agree that X10 is way better in terms of multimedia using Timescape and Mediascape.
I think the most important reason that made me change my phone was that X10 had Andoird 1.6 and the fact that it lagged a lot.

34 Pochi July 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM

@ Keyhan: I thought Desire had worst battery life than the Legend and the same camera hardware for stillpics to the Legend (the differences in the camera is the video where the Desire surpasses the Legend, I don’t know about comparing it to X10 but i’ll believe you since you had both of the devices (X10 and Desire) and compared them (although the real quality of pictures isn’t shown up when you compare them on the phone screen, the comparison must be done in a larger screen like a TV or your Laptop to see the differences and I hope you’ve done that because AMOLED Screen is better than TFT Screen :>).

Timescape and Mediascape are the only good things about the UI there in my opinion (wish they’ve done somthing similar to HTC sense UI which focus heavily on widgets on home screens).

Anyhow, I think you have a point there for changing your X10 into Desire, v1.6 is outdated by today’s standards and the lagging seems to be mainly for rushing to release a yet-finished product (Although as I am using my Legend for more than 2 months I noticed it started to slow abit, even after uninstalling most of the apps from it) so slow UI is almost universal among phones after some time of its usage. :<

35 Keyhan Kamelian July 18, 2010 at 9:09 PM

@ Pochi: for the pics I have to say that I checked the pictures using my laptop and saw the obvious difference between them ๐Ÿ™‚
One of the things that I care about when I want to buy a phone is how fast it is and it will be.
When I first got my X10, It was fast and smooth but wasn’t as smooth as the X10s used for the official video of the X10.
The good news about desire is that it’ll get Froyo very soon and by that time the phone will be 2-5 times faster ๐Ÿ™‚ yay!! although it is amazing now. ๐Ÿ™‚
But before you buy, check and see both phones and work with them making sure which one fulfill your desires.
By the way you can find loads of widgets in desire whilst there are not many widgets for X10 and if there are, their graphic quality might be very low and disappointing.
๐Ÿ™‚

36 Pochi July 19, 2010 at 7:55 AM

@ Keyhan: official videos about OS and UI are often a deception of how fast they are in reality.

About the widgets I’ve tried all the widgets and downloaded those additional HTC ones on my Legend and I must say I liked the Daily Challange one the most (I bet HTC sense UI has the best widgets overall in the UI compared to other android UIs). :>

I am studying the differences well between the 2 devices but I might end up waiting for an upcoming device that combines the best of both Desire and X10.

37 Keyhan July 19, 2010 at 9:47 PM

@Pochi: Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

38 Pochi July 20, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Thanks hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

39 clueless July 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

My phone dint hav an android market client preloaded on it. What should i do?

40 Pochi July 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

@ clueless: try to update your phone to the latest firmware to get the market loaded.

41 clueless July 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Have the latest firmware. Tried downloading appbrain market sync instead but link shows broken. Any alternates? Pls suggest

42 clueless July 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM

@ pochi : Have the latest firmware. Tried downloading appbrain market sync instead but link shows broken. Any alternates? Pls suggest

43 Pochi July 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM

No clues since I don’t even have the phone :S

44 swapniladsure December 8, 2010 at 6:40 PM

hey guys
i just watch one video here on this site..
x10 running on android 2.3 gingerbread…i hope that sony officially release 2.3 soon…
i am waiting for it

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