Viper--this info is old. I'll update. First off, Gingbread is officially Android 2.5, not 3.0. Presumably, the 3.0 designation will be used for Honeycomb.
Here's what 3.0 will bring:
1. Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
possibly--no firm launch date has been announded
2. Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher. (We all, of course, heard that Android handsets with 2GHz CPU’s are coming)
These are the recommended specs to run 3.0 smoothly...not a hardware requirement
3. New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher. (Anyone thinking about Android tablets now? )
Completely revamped user interface. If you want to get a feeling of what Android 3.0 Gingerbread UX is like, check out the Gallery App on Nexus One. The same overall feel, light animated transitions,etc. Natively, through all the UI.
4. Android’s split into 2 branches becomes official. 3.0 for top of the line/high end devices. Cheap, low-end mass market handsets will keep Android 2.1/2.2
Google does not recognize an official split of OS for tablets and phones. Officially, it is google's position that android is not intended for tablets at all
Regarding the Archos 70 (250GB), I like the new archos tablet and I would be open to trying it out for the right price. The 250gb archos 70, however, isn't where I would start. The nice thing about tablets is battery life. No doubt a 250gb HDD will suck power and add heat. Neither of these are good things for a tablet. I would go for the 8gb version and add a 16 or 32gb sd card. That should be more than enough for portable use.
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