Let’s all let out a collective sigh of relief: Android Open Source and Compatibility Tech Lead Dan Morrill has sent out a reassuring tweet cutting down the rumors flying that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) will require a 1GHz processor minimum. The requirement was the word from an LG rep via their Facebook page, but Morrill had this to say:
“Random note: there’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I’d know.”
So there you have it. And furthermore, it seems it is still technically possible for phones such as the Motorola Droid to receive Gingerbread (and we should have known as much based on the numerous ROMs already floating around for sub-1GHz devices) as Morrill clarified any “requirements” are very similar to those for Froyo:
“…Android has never had hard processor reqmts, tho older devices do fall behind. GB H/W needs are similar to FY.”
We’ll shake our internet finger at LG and ask that they get their facts straight before getting a community of Android users all shook up over their fallacious statements. But let’s also remember that even though a 1GHz minimum doesn’t exist it does not mean all phones with lower-specced processors will still receive Gingerbread.