Android 2.4 will retain the "Gingerbread" codename and bridge compatibility with "dual-core" apps written for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, according to rumors attributed to a source at Viewsonic. The reports from Pocket-Lint also suggest that version 2.4 will debut in April on Viewsonic's ViewPad 4.

"According to our source, the release date of version 2.4 has been brought forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4. Currently, our man on the inside says that’s not possible with version 2.3 (Gingerbread) hence the need to push to the next iteration and version number, but not change the name. It's most likely to be one of the main reasons we’ve yet to see any major manufacturer gunning to get Android 2.3 handsets out there."

There've been plenty of rumors involving Android 2.4 over the past couple of months. It was snapped on the Xperia Arc at CES, though Sony Ericsson later dismissed this as an error. Videos have also appeared of 2.4 apparently running on a German version of the Nexus S, though so far there's been no official confirmation of Android 2.4's existence.

As ever, though, rumors like this should be taken with a pinch of salt, and launch dates -- especially unannounced and unconfirmed ones -- are always subject to change. [Pocket-Lint]


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Viewsonic reportedly spills the beans on Android 2.4


So perhaps that's where the general release of Gingerbread for the Nexus One is? They are holding off to bypass 2.3 all together and go directly to 2.4 in April?

maybe that's why my captivate doesn't have 2.2 yet! they're just going to wait and go straight to 2.4! ...ha.

Maybe that's why Google is waiting to give the Nexus One to 2.3? And we haven't seen any devices with 2.3 yet? ...makes sense.

I wouldn't say it's pointless. If anything, you could look at it as paying to be beta testers for gingerbread. IF this is true, then the shot of the phone running 2.4 and why the Nexus 1 hasn't got the update yet makes sense. Plus, in all honesty, 2.3 hasn't exactly been bug free. I've only had one reboot though not during a call. Hopefully, 2.4 can alleviate some of the issues we are seeing in 2.3.

Don't see 2.3 being the end of the road for some devices when it is specifically mentioned that 2.4's main reason for being is to handle multi-processor apps on a single processor platform.

If anything, is virtually assures 2.4's usefulness on anything that can run Froyo.

Doesn't mean we will ever see it on Samsung though.

Ahhhh its begging to bug me.... its like the 4g 5g 6g 7g commercial... lol just give us something other then froyo in our devices(evo) and give froyo already to lol samsung...

I'm still hoping the next update for the Nexus One will enable the FM radio so I don't have to invest time on learning how to root my phone.

I don't know if 2.3 is pointless, CM7 running on my DINC and it runs quite well. Not a lot of change though going from 2.2 to 2.3. It is only a point release so you should not expect any think ground breaking. The point releases are just little tweaks to keep things fresh and introduce minor new feature like the new keyboard or new copy and paste. These things are just small tweaks as will supporting dual core apps. Just my .02

At this point I'm thinking who really cares. When my N1 is running froyo and my wife's captivate is running eclair without rooting, it makes me think that manufacturers (including Google) are not all that interested in actually updating phones.

Now this will let the Nexus S run multi-core apps. This is what I was waiting for. Hurry 2.4. Make it to my Nexus S.