If you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Gingerbread for your Android handset of choice, you may have gotten a bit of a shock when an LG employee on the company’s Facebook page claimed that Gingerbread hardware requirements meant that the latest Android release won’t be coming to any devices with a CPU running slower than 1GHz.
Responding to a user’s question about when the Optimum S would see a Gingerbread update, LG posted that the phone’s 600MHz CPU wouldn’t meet the 1GHz Gingerbread cut-off. Google hadn’t said anything about minimum requirements, and the Android developer community had similarly been mum about the potential. Were this the case, plenty of popular Android handsets like the 800MHz G2 would now find themselves shut out from future Android updates.
In the hours that followed, cooler heads have prevailed, and Google engineer Romain Guy spoke up to deny the rumors. If there is any sort of 1GHz minimum, it’s only a recommendation, not any kind of hard-and-fast requirement.
So, while a sufficiently powerful sub-GHz phone should have no problems running Gingerbread, this does point to rising hardware expectations that could cause trouble for less advanced devices. Just because you can run Gingerbread on a 600MHz phone, that doesn’t mean it will be a good idea, especially if the software makes the handset sluggish to the point of being unusable. Manufacturers will likely see how their hardware reacts to Gingerbread and decide which models can handle the upgrade on a case-by-case basis.