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Android 3.0 Will Hurt More Than It Will Help

Reports are surfacing like what you saw already on this site about Android 3.0 already in development.  There are some pretty hefty requirements for it, too.  These requirements are going to be doing some major damage to the current offering of Android devices.

Android 3.0 will feature some pretty high requirements.  It will require a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and at least a 3.5-inch display.  I’ve put together a list below showing all current Android devices, and the devices in bold are phones that would meet these requirements and could be upgraded to 3.0 eventually.

Multi-Carrier

  • Google Nexus One

AT&T

  • Motorola Backflip
  • HTC Aria
  • Samsung Captivate

Verizon

  • Motorola Droid
  • Motorola Droid X
  • HTC Eris
  • Motorola Devour
  • HTC Incredible
  • LG Ally
  • Samsung Fascinate

Sprint

  • HTC Evo 4G
  • Samsung Moment
  • HTC Hero
  • Samsung Epic 4G

T-Mobile

  • Motorola Cliq
  • Motorola Cliq XT
  • myTouch 3G
  • myTouch Slide
  • myTouch Fender
  • Samsung Behold II
  • Samsung Vibrant
  • T-Mobile G1

Other Carriers

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
  • HTC Magic
  • Samsung Galaxy S

As you can see, this would leave out quite a few phones.  There is already a schism in the market because some of the phones mentioned above are still running Android 1.6.  Many other phones are running Android 2.0, some Android 2.1, and one phone, the Nexus One, as already received its 2.2 upgrade.  Some of the phones, such as the Backflip, won’t be upgrading much because the carriers have tweaked the OS so much it’s too difficult to keep upgraded.  This, coupled with the fact that recently, Android 2.1 and 2.2 upgrades have come out rather quickly, has led to a gap.

If this does occur, this will lead to two different types of devices, small-to-mid-sized android phones that work as basic smartphones running an older version of Android, and large phones that are workhorses running the latest and greatest version of Android.  This will split the market even more, and could possibly hurt android more than it would help.

My advice for Google, keep the same OS that will run on ALL phones.  Those who don’t really have much of a selection of Android devices, like those who are on AT&T, will only get hurt in the long run because of poor selection and outdated phones being sold to them.

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Eric Felder
I am a student at Purdue University, studying Computer and Information Technology. I became fascinated with Android and all that it has to offer with the release of Android 2.0, and have been researching it since. Follow me on Twitter!
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  • andre

    that is remarkably shortsighted. the whole smartphone ecosystem is in constant flux, by the time android 3.0 is ready to go you'll be hard pressed to find one without a 1GHz processor.

  • http://www.slideaway.ca/ jamEs harris

    This is Android's Achilles heel. As much as people bitch about how iPhone's locked down ecosystem, the reality is at least they carry their users forward. I have an iPhone 2G and was only left behind as a user 2 weeks ago with iOS4. 3 years of OS updates is pretty impressive. Android has already left their first gen phones behind and with Android 3 are going to leave a lot more obsolete handsets. That will garner lots of ill will from users if they think they're buying a brand new phone that will keep them current only to find themselves on the outside looking in.

  • Bradley

    What a foolish article. You're basically taking a stab at innovation and development.

    On a side note…good thing I have a Nexus One…

  • Eric Felder

    thankfully, shortly after this article was written, someone working on Android began denying reports that the minimum specs are not true.

    @andre…you're right, it probably will be hard to find devices by the time Android 3.0 is out that won't be able to run it, but the fact remains that there will be some devices out there, including some popular phones, such as the htc hero, t-mobile g1, htc aria, and the htc eris.

    @bradley…i am not taking a stab at innovation and development, i'm simply pointing out that with these specs, there will be a lot of phones left out, which in the long run, could hurt Android in it's fight with Apple.

  • http://www.teleupdate.com/ Bradley Wint

    By the time 3.0 comes out, Im pretty sure people will have gotten newer phones, since the fans looking to keep up to date wit htheir OS software will be the ones who are more likely to ditch older phones in short time spans. the iPhone 4 is already being outpaced by the Nexus One of Froyo, so many dont necessarily need 3.0 to compete with Apple, unless some 4S or 4GS or w/e comes out.

  • http://www.teleupdate.com/ Bradley Wint

    By the time 3.0 comes out, Im pretty sure people will have gotten newer phones, since the fans looking to keep up to date wit htheir OS software will be the ones who are more likely to ditch older phones in short time spans. the iPhone 4 is already being outpaced by the Nexus One of Froyo, so many dont necessarily need 3.0 to compete with Apple, unless some 4S or 4GS or w/e comes out.

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