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Honeycomb now due for February launch as Android 2.4

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Honeycomb now due for February launch as Android 2.4
According to a source who is a developer and has worked on different versions of Android, the Honeycomb build of the Android OS is coming as soon as February and will be Android 2.4. While most have been expecting the software to come to market as Android 3.0, it seems that Google wants to hold off on using the 3.0 label for a more all-encompassing upgrade that would bring dramatic changes to the software.

After Honeycomb will come Ice Cream and Jellybean. One of those could be the 3.0 release. For now, though we still need to see Android 2.3 get downloaded on qualifying handsets, not to mention getting Froyo on all Google models that are scheduled to receive Android 2.2.

source: AndroidandMe

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posted on 16 Dec 2010, 21:49

1. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

I like Android, but I don't like the fragmentation of it, that's Androids weak spot. There's never a certain release date for whenever an update comes about and you have to hope it's coming for your specific phone on your specific carrier and it's over the air, the only way to get if from the internet is when someone posts it online. Some may never see an update due to hardware limitations or just because the manufacturer doesn't really care enough to update it.

Blackberry isn't as bad but system updates are far and few between but you can download it from the internet through Blackberry manager. Blackberry lives by the creedo "if it isn't broke, don't fix it"

Apple distributes it through iTunes which is the smartest way of doing it and they do it all at once. Since every iPhone is essentially the same, making updates easy although Apple lives by "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" as well as the iPhone hasn't changed much since it came out.

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 22:30

2. Ninjakamster (unregistered)

Can I PLEASE get an official 2.2 upgrade for my Sprint Samsung Epic 4G!?

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 22:43

3. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

Seriously... 2.2 isn't available for all phones yet and 2.4 is already on the horizon? Really?

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 23:14 4

4. frostyfire03530 (unregistered)

Honestly, I think what people have to remember is that Android's progression is not tied down to any particular device, for the most part. It's not the best example, but close: think of how Microsoft creates updates and such with it's Windows OS. Microsoft is not worried about what kind of computer you are using, they just continue chugging along and "innovating" as they please. It's up to the computer manufacturers to decide about what OS they use in their products. Granted, as I said, not the best example because Microsoft pushes out their own OS updates.
I don't feel that it's necessarily Google's responsibility to update my phone. They can keep producing newer and better things, and I feel that it's great. When phone manufacturer does not take the time to provide updates, that's who I feel would hold most of the blame.
Maybe there will come a time when Android will come with preloaded drivers that make it easier to install on any device. Honestly, if that meant having to mount my phone to my computer and using an Official Android OS update installation disc to contain those drivers and such, it wouldn't bother me. Meh. We'll see.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 00:27

5. chris23 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

LOL i love android and all but this is starting to get a little out of hand...the first freaking 2.3 device just came out and i don't even have 2.2....but thats why it is also best to wait a while to get a handset when it comes to android. I understand that they are not tied to any certain device but don't make your customers feel like they are out of date or out of loop when they just bought their smartphone 3 months ago....Technically the Nexus S is already outdated a day after launch

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 00:37

6. chris23 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

But at the same time it is nice to know that even with all the success they are still aiming to get better

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 00:41 1

7. j405 (unregistered)

I thought 2.4 (Honeycomb) was tablet specific so technically the Nexus S isn't outdated. I didn't think 2.4 would be pushed out to handsets. My next phone will definitely have a tegra 2 cpu with at least 512mb. With a CPU and RAM specs like that, I would certainly hope it'll get me to at least Jellybean.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 01:56 1

9. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

Have you looked at the LG Optimus 2X (Formerly LG Star)?

On topic: The ones complaining about Androids fragmentation are usually just sitting there waiting for the next update to come because you know, they'd rather not mess around with an open sourced device. Pretty much defeating the purpose of buying an Android device.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 01:55

8. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

What I learned from having a Cliq XT and not getting any support from Motorola is that Android phones won't get updates fast enough for me. In September I sold my Cliq Xt and bought a Vibrant, now in December I sold my Vibrant and bought a Mytouch 4G. Probably in February I'll sell my Mytouch 4G and get a Nexus S. No manufacturer will update fast enough for me. I have to do it myself.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 06:23 1

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

well if you want to get updates the fastest without getting a new phone every time then the nexus is the way to go you will be updated faster that anyone and will be tasting any goods from google

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 12:14 3

12. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

honeycomb is for TABLETS only. 2.3 is as high as phones are going for now. Google is generally on a 6 -8month development cycle, so i dont know why people are still suprised.

does your phone do less than what it did when it started? no, then quit bitching.

doakie, u shoulda stayed with the vibrant or waited for the nexus. they are basically the exact same phone. the vibrant's development community is leagues ahead of samsung and has had 2.2 and had it beautifuly optimized for months. It wont be too long before 2.3 gets ported to the vibrant since again, the nexus S is essentially the same phone.
screw manufacturers.. do it yourself!! forum.xda-developers.com everything u need to stay up to date and add all sorts of features not availible from the manufacturers.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 16:25

13. jkapster (Posts: 50; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

does that apply to all galaxy s phones? im with vzw and have the fascinate. tired of waiting for froyo to get here.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 17:41

14. Hellperelf (unregistered)


everything you may need

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 06:32

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

i read this rumor on adroidandme, and this tempts me to believe honeycomb will be a tablet OS rather than a phone OS...

I think that creating a variation for optimizing current market apps to work on a tablet might be the way to go, I think will rarely see this on phones, unless someone makes a custom rom... but its just my opinion

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