Android 2.4 Gingerbread would run Honeycomb apps
It appears that Android 2.4 will not be called Ice Cream or Ice cream sandwitch, instead it would still be called Android Gingerbread, as per the latest news. The news comes from Viewsonic who’s ViewPad 4 smartphone will be packing Android 2.4 when it launches in April.
The Android 2.4 Gingerbread will be almost identical to 2.3 Gingerbread with the only difference of being able to run Android Honeycomb’s dual core apps on single core smartphones. And the update will produce an OS that has the ability to work with Honeycomb apps. The release date of version 2.4 is April 2011 dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4.
This might be one of the main reasons why we’ve yet to see any major manufacturer gunning to get Android 2.3 handsets out there, “It’s to ensure compatibility with dual-core apps,”
As per the source:
“We’ve just gotten word from a trusted source that Google has begun building a new branch of code – being called GRI17 (Gingerbread post-Honeycomb, aka “Ice Cream”) – that aims to bring some of the new elements found in Honeycomb over to phones.” However, we now understand that not to be Ice Cream. Our source at Viewsonic tells us that he believes Ice Cream to be 3.1, making us believe that Google intends to spilt the 2+ and 3+ OS variants going forward.
Ice Cream will be 3.1, and thus another tablet-oriented OS — which would mean that the next smartphone version of Android could begin with ‘J.’
Aside from Android 2.4, the ViewPad 4 will pack flash 10.1, have HD 720p video recording, playback, upload, and mini-HDMI 720p display output. There’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity. You’ll also get a 4.1-inch screen for your trouble.