Our heads went all dizzy the other day when we heard that the minimum required specs for Android 3.0 Gingerbread phones was to be a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. But now the rumourmongerer has clarified they're only "recommended".
Today the man who first brought us those heady specs has tweeted a clarification, based on a conversation with sources. "1 Ghz, 512 Mb etc its not minimal requirments [sic]but recommended one."
Based on the way Android phones have been going anyway, I don't think manufacturers such as HTC and Motorola will have an issue with those figures - but it will help segregate the lower-end range of Androids from the higher-end.
The full list of rumoured specs for upcoming Gingerbread phones can be found here, but according to man-in-the-know Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-review.com, the firmware update won't be released until October; the phones until November/December.
One last twist in the cookie factory though, with Android's Open Source & Compatibility Tech Lead Dan Morrill taking to Twitter also, with a (slightly) passive-aggressive stab at Murtazin's claims: "I love it when people just make stuff up and report it as news", linking to the Unwired View post which translated Murtazin's Gingerbread specs, bringing them to life. Morrill went on to remind his followers that "In summary, please remember that rumours are not official announcements. ;)"
Well sure, Morrill - but where's the fun in that?! [Twitter - Thanks Maaz!]