Ready to get confused? Well, you know how Google likes to name its versions of Android after delectable treats? Well, it looks like Android 2.4 is coming out sooner than expected, but it’s not going to be called Ice Cream as rumored; it’s going to be called Gingerbread.
But I thought Android 2.3 was Gingerbread?
It is. And so is Android 2.4. Let me explain.
From what we hear, the whole point of Android 2.4 is so that single-core smartphones will be able to run the apps that are designed for the dual-core tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. If you happen to be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, you can’t use the apps that are coded for Honeycomb because they need the prerequisite NVIDIA Tegra2 processor.
Aside from offering a way to get around that whole dual core thing, Android 2.4 Gingerbread will likely be much the same as Android 2.3 Gingerbread. So, where does Ice Cream fit into this picture? Word on the street is that Android 3.1 is going to take on the Ice Cream namesake, further demonstrating a split between the 2+ and 3+ OS variations.
And that leaves us wondering: What’s going to happen when they end up at Android 2.9?
Whatever the case, it’s sounding like ViewSonic of all companies will be among the first to offer a taste of 2.4 Gingerbread. It’s expected to be found in the upcoming ViewSonic ViewPad 4, which was among the hundreds of Android tablets at CES earlier this year. Specs include Flash 10.1, 720p video recording, 5MP cam, and a 4.1-inch touchscreen.
Look for Android 2.4 Gingerbread this April. That might explain the slow adoption of Android 2.3 Gingerbread following the release of the Nexus S, eh?