Who put Gingerbread in my Froyo: Android 3.0 might already be in the wild

Curiously, potential evidence has been uncovered regarding Android 3.0 (codenamed Gingerbread). Although most of the Android world is still awaiting an update to version 2.2 of Google's mobile operating system, the folks over at Phandroid have discovered what looks to be a Nexus One running a previously unseen version of Android. The validity of the image comes into question due to the obnoxious concealment of the device, along with the fact that it could very well be just a clever Photoshop job.

Even more curiously however, is that GreeneComputing (as reported by Droid-Dog) has also reported seeing various ROMs of the 3.x variety in their stats for their Linpack benchmark software.

Android 2.2 (FroYo) took the Linpack lead for the most runs this last week. According to my analytics, Android 2.2 was used 43.1% of the time. Android 2.1-update1, the previous leader was used 39.8% of the time.  So what was used for the rest of the 17% of the time?  How about 158 other ROMs!  That is a lot of variety to choose. 

Mixed in with the lot is some curious ROMs; Android 3.0, Android 3.0.1 and Android 3.2

Although a clever developer could possibly fake the version information, it seems like a lot of work just to generate buzz.

It is more than possible that Google is actively working on the latest version of Android, and an employee with a different set of ethics may have released the picture to the dessert hungry masses. It is equally probable that the image has been faked, along with the firmware/benchmark data and there's nothing to see here.

Where's my Froyo?

The bigger concern for most of the Android community is just when their device is going to receive Android 2.2. HTC users in particular have yet to see the update and are joined with a list of other devices from an ever growing group of manufacturers.  It is refreshing to think that baking of the new OS is proceeding at such a great pace, yet it would be even more sweet and filling to finally see the current updates rolled out across all compatible devices.

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Just don't buy a Motorola Android phone. Except for a few Verizon-released models, Motorola abandons their phones with obsolete versions of Android with vague messages about "possible update, maybe, sometime when we think it is ready" crap.

Buy anything but Motorola.

fuzi0719 said,
Just don't buy a Motorola Android phone. Except for a few Verizon-released models, Motorola abandons their phones with obsolete versions of Android with vague messages about "possible update, maybe, sometime when we think it is ready" crap.

Buy anything but Motorola.

The Motorola Droid came with 2.0 and was updated to 2.0.1 and was then updated to 2.1. It's now been confirmed it will receive 2.2 officially. Fail fuzi0719

fuzi0719 said,
Just don't buy a Motorola Android phone. Except for a few Verizon-released models, Motorola abandons their phones with obsolete versions of Android with vague messages about "possible update, maybe, sometime when we think it is ready" crap.

Buy anything but Motorola.

And wasn't it VZW that shipped the *first* Moto Android smartphone? (Specifically, that selfsame Droid, which has been confirmed *will* get 2.2?)

Must be thinking of "BT&T" (my pet name for AT&T Mobility) that has shipped locked-down/deliberately-difficult-to-root Android phones.

Besides, there are no less than *three* different 2.2 ROMs for rooted Droids.

Why is the Android OS so fragmented? Some device have 2.1, 2.2 and even 1.5. Won't create incompatibility, this can't be good for the platform.

I'm pretty sure there's some string you can change to change the version number. At least you can do that with the iPhone. An about screen isn't enough proof for me.

And you will never see 3.0 on Galaxy S, Desire, Legend, Hero...go on with the list of all released Android phones...i am so happy that Cyanogen Mod is coming to the Galaxy S...and i am still waiting for the first company that will create a phone with Cyanogen Mod...

bluefisch200 said,
And you will never see 3.0 on Galaxy S, Desire, Legend, Hero...go on with the list of all released Android phones...i am so happy that Cyanogen Mod is coming to the Galaxy S...and i am still waiting for the first company that will create a phone with Cyanogen Mod...

Hero no but Desire and Galaxy S yes, they meet the requirements are they are still new, stop scaremongering, most Android phones get upgraded in the end.

Anyway how do you think all Windows Mobile 6.5 users feel they will never get an upgrade.

This is where Apple has a major advantage: they push an update and everyone gets it next time they sync. Missing out due to crazy fragmentation is a thing of the past.

Sticktron said,
This is where Apple has a major advantage: they push an update and everyone gets it next time they sync. Missing out due to crazy fragmentation is a thing of the past.

I didn't think the original iPhone got the 4.0 update.

Sticktron said,
This is where Apple has a major advantage: they push an update and everyone gets it next time they sync. Missing out due to crazy fragmentation is a thing of the past.

you never used an Android phone, did you?

Emon said,

you never used an Android phone, did you?

I was going to say... hasn't used any phone for about the past 5 years. haha. They all do this.

Emon said,

you never used an Android phone, did you?

The article seems to suggest none of the HTC phones have not received a 2.2 update, yet. How long has 2.2 been out now, a month? What part of "they push an update and everyone gets it next time they sync" in Sticktron's post did you not understand?

Shadrack said,

The article seems to suggest none of the HTC phones have not received a 2.2 update, yet. How long has 2.2 been out now, a month? What part of "they push an update and everyone gets it next time they sync" in Sticktron's post did you not understand?

And what part of RangerLG's post you did not understand?


Shadrack said,

The article seems to suggest none of the HTC phones have not received a 2.2 update, yet. How long has 2.2 been out now, a month? What part of "they push an update and everyone gets it next time they sync" in Sticktron's post did you not understand?

What? Do you understand what you're saying?

All phone manufactures "push" these updates to their clients devices once it's available. The only leg up Apple have, is that the same software works on all of their devices most of the time. Whereas real mobile companies, with more than 1 device, have to re-adapt that software for each phone.

You know. Like HTC, who relies on building a solid product that works, rather than Apple who build one product and watch the sheep go nuts.

Nashy said,
The only leg up Apple have, is that the same software works on all of their devices most of the time. Whereas real mobile companies, with more than 1 device, have to re-adapt that software for each phone.

Unless I'm going crazy, that's the hardware fragmentation the first post talked about and this entire thread of comments is about.

Nashy said,

What? Do you understand what you're saying?

All phone manufactures "push" these updates to their clients devices once it's available. The only leg up Apple have, is that the same software works on all of their devices most of the time. Whereas real mobile companies, with more than 1 device, have to re-adapt that software for each phone.

You know. Like HTC, who relies on building a solid product that works, rather than Apple who build one product and watch the sheep go nuts.

If I remember correctly, Sprint had a big role in the delay of the Hero and Moment's 2.1 updates. Also, didn't they not push it out as an OTA update because they didn't have the infrastructure and they didn't trust Google servers?

The phones should be updated through Google. Yet they're not. This is one major thing that needs to be changed... because letting the carriers have that level of control over their Android phones does ensure that there will be delays.

The bigger concern for most of the Android community is just when and if their device is going to receive Android 2.2.

Corrected.

I've heard that this problem is going to be addressed in v3.0, but I doubt it. Every device will need its own set of tweaks to balance performance with battery life.

Nashy said,
Do we care that much about a phone OS version do we?

Everybody wants new features. Now-a-days when someone drops $199+ subsidized or $400+ unsubsidized into a smartphone handsets, they kind of have an expectations of at least a few updates over the course of a few years.

At the same time, you get what you pay for when you paid for it. People who bitch and moan about not having a particular feature on their phone because it isn't in an update annoy me (for instance, iPhone owners complaining about not getting multitasking or wallpaper). Shouldn't buy something out of anticipation for some future feature.

I think that a phone should be supported with timely updates for at least a year...

Shadrack said,

Everybody wants new features. Now-a-days when someone drops $199+ subsidized or $400+ unsubsidized into a smartphone handsets, they kind of have an expectations of at least a few updates over the course of a few years.

At the same time, you get what you pay for when you paid for it. People who bitch and moan about not having a particular feature on their phone because it isn't in an update annoy me (for instance, iPhone owners complaining about not getting multitasking or wallpaper). Shouldn't buy something out of anticipation for some future feature.

I think that a phone should be supported with timely updates for at least a year...

Not just a year, heck Apple provides more than that, they need to provide at least 3 years of support even if it involves no user visible features being added to the older phones.

As for the original thread starter, the OS for the Phone is important given that certain applications/plugins/etc require a particular version. Flash for Android requires at minimum Android 2.2 for starters. Contrary to the Jobsian ranting - Flash is important to the internet experience.

Julius Caro said,
I just can't think of a reason to hide the notifications bar in this picture.I just can't.

it specifies his/her version number

the notification bar specifies the version number? how? it only has the battery indicator and the clock. that's why I dont get why he hid it

Julius Caro said,
I just can't think of a reason to hide the notifications bar in this picture.I just can't.
You're assuming it hasn't gotten that visual overhaul yet. Granted, since the list looks basically the same as older devices I'd guess it hasn't, but... hey, who knows, the notification bar could look a whole lot different. Could also be only partially done.

Silverskull said,
You're assuming it hasn't gotten that visual overhaul yet. Granted, since the list looks basically the same as older devices I'd guess it hasn't, but... hey, who knows, the notification bar could look a whole lot different. Could also be only partially done.

We already know from Google IO that the Gingerbread build they used to demo new features has different UI designs.

Julius Caro said,
I just can't think of a reason to hide the notifications bar in this picture.I just can't.

Could be a number of things. Could be that the phone isn't really a Nexus One, and is instead a prototype of hardware to come running Nexus One firmware. Could be icons in the status bar representing programs nobody wants to talk about just yet. Could be to distract you from the embarrassing ink stain on the guy's finger.

It's probably just an open source bumper, though.

I am really tempted to purchase an Android phone however how do we know that the device we buy will always recieve updates? What if the manufacterer just decides to stop supporting that phone?

Ently said,
I am really tempted to purchase an Android phone however how do we know that the device we buy will always recieve updates? What if the manufacterer just decides to stop supporting that phone?

Usually custom ROM developers keep updates going long after the manufacturer stops supporting a phone

Ently said,
I am really tempted to purchase an Android phone however how do we know that the device we buy will always recieve updates? What if the manufacterer just decides to stop supporting that phone?

Being honest the custom ROM scene over at XDA is massive, even if the manufacturer stops support, you will always find something there. I'm currently running 2.2 on my Desire from there

Ently said,
I am really tempted to purchase an Android phone however how do we know that the device we buy will always recieve updates? What if the manufacterer just decides to stop supporting that phone?

That applies to..... just about any other product ever. But doubly so for closed source ones.
The advantage of an Android phone is it's not a closed source product, long, loooong after any other product would have stopped receiving updates, there will still be people kicking about tinkering with their devices and sharing the results.

A clever company would admit when they're leaving a product behind and not going to be releasing their modified versions of OS updates, and get a lot of good will out of releasing a patch that allows you to install the stock updates without any fuss (looking at you HTC, Samsung etc). But with an Android phone it would still be possible, it would just take a bit more effort.

Duality said,
Bah, I only just got an official 2.1 release for my HTC Hero!

And Im still with 1.5. There is still no official 2.X in my country...

Duality said,
Bah, I only just got an official 2.1 release for my HTC Hero!

There are good unoffical Android 2.2 builds for the HTC Hero with everything except Flash 10.1.

meh, its highly likely that its just an alpha build, i can't see 3.0 being in the final bug testing so soon. Give me android 2.2 already HTC!