February 7, 2011 | by Michael Heller
A source at Viewsonic has reportedly told Pocket Lint that Android 2.4 is real, and will be coming in April. The source claims that 2.4 will retain the Gingerbread name and will serve as a bridge, so apps built for dual-core processors will work on single-core handsets. Apparently, right now, those apps would not function on Android 2.3 phones, which explains the quick turn-around, and may also explain why no handsets other than the Nexus S have yet been upgraded to Gingerbread. The source at Viewsonic also claims that Ice Cream Sandwich will be Android 3.1 and will include the features from Honeycomb which will become standard on all devices.
Obviously, none of this has been confirmed by Google, nor any other manufacturer in the Android ecosystem. In fact, the Viewsonic source went on to say that the upcoming Viewsonic Viewpad 4 will be one of the first devices to launch with the new version of Gingerbread, making this all reek of a PR stunt. Because honestly, if it weren’t for Android 2.4, would anyone really care about a single-core device launching in April, especially with Tegra 2 phones already set to be on the market?