Android 24 expected in April with Honeycomb app support

first_imgWith all the talk of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) lately, and its exclusivity for tablets, it’s easy to forget that the 2.X line will continue for smartphones. The latest handsets ship with Android 2.3, but Android 2.4 is only a couple of months away according to manufacturer Viewsonic.Talking to Pocket-lint, the company stated that Android 2.4 will arrive in April and it will ship on Viewsonic’s forthcoming ViewPad 4 smartphone. As to why 2.4 is shipping so soon: it’s all to do with compatibility with Honeycomb-specific apps.AdChoices广告Honeycomb tablets will have dual-core processors and therefore Android 3.0 has to support such chips and apps utilizing both cores. But Android 2.3 and previous versions don’t have such support, so 2.4 is being rushed out to plug that hole. What it means is the Android apps meant for use on a tablet device will run on single-core smartphone processors as long as they are loaded with Android 2.4.What will confuse consumers is that 2.4 will still be classed as Gingerbread which is the name already given to 2.3. The thinking being that 2.4 will quickly replace 2.3 and it’s what 2.3 should have been.So Android 2.4 should be effectively classed as a hotfix for 2.3. As for Ice Cream, there’s suggestions that it’s actually Android 3.1.Read more at Pocket-lintMatthew’s OpinionThis could get confusing fast. It looks as though Android 2.4 is what you want if considering buying a new smartphone in the next couple of months. Otherwise you won’t be able to use some apps meant for Honeycomb on your smartphone. However, to get 2.4 you will have to wait until after April.The big question this throws up is how easy will the upgrade from 2.3 to 2.4 be? Will vendors drag their feet releasing the update to 2.3 users? We suspect the Nexus S will get it quickly, but any new 2.3 smartphones releasing through March and April probably won’t.This news isn’t confirmed by Google, but with the ViewPad 4 expected to arrive at some point in the next few months and shipping with 2.4, it does seem likely to happen.last_img read more