Android 2.4 coming in April as an update to Gingerbread, not as Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 2.4 coming in April as an update to Gingerbread, not as Ice Cream Sandwich
Speculation is flying again around Android build 2.4. Once thought to be a major new release code named Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest story making the rounds is that Android 2.4 will be nothing more than a minor upgrade to the Gingerbread release. And it appears that Android 2.4 will be launched much earlier than anticipated. Pocket-Lint, in an interview with a ViewSonic executive, was told that the upcoming ViewPad 4-set for an April launch-would have Android 2.4 on board.

It seems that to make sure that dual-core apps made for Honeycomb devices would work on single-core handsets, Android 2.4 had to be launched earlier than expected because Android 2.3 will not be able to handle that job. So Android 2.4 will remain a "Gingerbread" release with the only change being the latter's ability to run dual-core apps on a single-core device. Keeping the same name for a minor update has been seen before with Android as something similar happened when Android 2.0 became 2.1, but kept the Eclair name.

So what will happen to Ice Cream Sandwich? Phandroid last week reported that Google is working on a code called GRI17 which is supposed to be a post-Honeycomb version of Ice Cream Sandwich and is supposed to bring to Android handsets some of the new features designed for Honeycomb flavored tablets. But the ViewSonic executive who was speaking to Pocket-Lint says that Ice Cream Sandwich will be Android 3.1 as Google splits Android into 2.x for handsets and 3.x for tablets.

source: Pocket-lint via Phandroid

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15 Comments

1. jodeci888

Posts: 78; Member since: May 14, 2009

I'm still waiting for Gingerbeard for my X

2. wildfire unregistered

I already have Gingerbread on my HTC Incredible- you're going to love it.

3. bonehead189

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

I can't wait for the Droid Bionic to be released, hopefully with 2.3 Gingerbread if not 2.4 Icecream. Btw, what is up with the OS version names? Eclair, gingerbread, icecream, honeycomb? What's next, lasagna, orange chicken?

11. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

it's the letters of the Alphabet depicting where the OS is in growth. Cupcake Dount Eclair Froyo Gingerbread Honeycomb and so on.

4. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

view sonic pocket lint in my honeycomb gingerbread froyo eclair ice cream sandwich. i want my money back.... 5 dollars? get outta here....

5. ribbonsalmark

Posts: 84; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

And I just cant wait to get gingerbeard on my X10...... Oh wait SE doesnt support that. XDA here i come.

6. applesauce unregistered

bonehead, they're all dessert names in alphabetical order: donut, eclair, Frozen Yogurt, Gingerbread, etc

7. applesauce unregistered

anyone think that J will be something like Jelly Dougnut or Jelly Bean? can't think of any desserts with a J name........... jelly, jam.... yeah that's it

8. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

so your saying that Jello-Pudding is next? Hopefully they can get ghost dad to advertise...

9. wildfire unregistered

Applesauce, Google calls their operating system after "tasty treats"- cupcake, donut, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread. I think you are right that J will be Jelly Donut. I think that Jello or Jello pudding would have issues with copyright.

10. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

not if they got bill cosby to approve...

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i wonder why they name the os's after dessert items.

13. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

What is the point of announcing a new os releasing in spring when most current devices won't even get it.

14. ore unregistered

damn!even g2 geting the gingerbread!why does samsung galaxy 5 doesnt get at least froyo update.. man im so jealous

15. rghoff unregistered

i love people with cheap phones complain about not gettin new os's get a better phone one the companys care about and youll get them

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