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Android 3.0: Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't afford a Gingerbread phone

Crumbs of information reveal that Android 3.0, codenamed 'Gingerbread', is set to power the elite of the phone market

Crumbs of information have been spotted about Android 3.0, codenamed 'Gingerbread' -- which is set to become the elite version of Google's mobile operating system.

Version 3 is a major leap from the current version, 2.2, also known as Froyo. That's because the third generation will be reserved for high-end smart phones, while mass-market handsets will continue to bimble along with the second generation. Seeing as it's for posh phones only, maybe a better name would have been a dessert with a touch of class, like crème brulée or Vienetta.

One of the main criticisms of Android has been that the system is fragmented, with assorted different versions on different phones leaving customers stuck with outdated versions, like those HTC Hero owners languishing on version 1.5 as they wait for their update to 2.1. That's not to mention the customised versions favoured by different manufacturers, such as HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz or Motorola Motoblur. So it seems odd to break up the Android party even further.

There are no official details as yet, but it seems the minimum requirements include a 1GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Screens will be at least 3.5 inches across and will support 1,280x760 pixels. That sounds like tablet talk.

Gingerbread is set to be released to developers in mid-October, appearing on phones before the end of the year. Let us know in the comments what you want to see in this new upmarket version of Android.