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Pocket-lint has been told that the Viewsonic ViewPad 4 smartphone will be the first device with Android 2.4 when it launches in April of this year. Android 2.4 was confirmed over a month ago; however, this rumor lends credence to the fact that the update will not be a major release. Instead, the update will augment Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), allowing dual-core apps specifically designed for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) to work on single-core devices.

Earlier last week, we heard that Honeycomb was designed exclusively for tablets and not for smartphones, though some of its features will be carried over to smartphones. This appears to be in line with Pocket-lint's rumor today. It suggests that Google intends to create an Android OS (3.0+) specifically for tablets and a completely separate OS (2.0+) for smartphones. The potential fork isn't surprising since tablets and smartphones have very different user interfaces. Indeed, it would be foolish to try to support the vast variety of devices, with their varying UIs and sizes, through a single OS.

Credit: Pocket-lint

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  • david2tm

    And first Nexus still on Froyo...
    any rumors on when we will get 2.3?

    • Roland.se

      If the rumour is true that there is a 2.4 version in the works, I think thats the reason Nexus One hasnt gotten 2.3. It might get 2.4 directly. If they want to deliver the releases in order and Motorola Zoom (with 3.0) will be for sale 24th of february, then 2.4 would be released to the public in the comming weeks.. Maybe MWC next week?

  • Roland.se

    Some comments;
    1. "Android 2.4 was confirmed over a month ago". I wouldnt call that confirmation, especially when SE has gone out and denied that their device was running 2.4
    2. What is a dualcore app :o?
    3. "Earlier last week, we heard that Honeycomb was designed exclusively for tablets and not for smartphones".. Which Google specifically replied to not being true
    source: http://www.bgr.com/2011/02/03/google-will-not-bring-honeycomb-to-smartphones/
    4. "Indeed, it would be foolish to try to support the vast variety of devices, with their varying UIs and sizes, through a single OS.". I strongly disagree. A OS is much more then the UI. Though I agree that for in example a tablet you should do more then just scale up the UI from a phone UI, but it will still be the same OS and have the same API available.
    5. I do believe that a 2.4 version is a possibility. But I dont see the idea behind maybe releasing 2.4 at MWC and then to have 3.0 released a week later when Zoom hits the shelves at Best Buy (unless Zoom will be postponed). I guess we will see.

  • http://www.ericcamil.com Eric

    Well April is almost over, I don't see 2.4 out yet....

  • xord

    3 years now, Where's 2.4???

    • Kree Terry

      You come here from the lg watch article too? lol

      • xord

        Lol! I thought I'm the only one.

        • Kree Terry

          Looks like just us 2 lol

          • xord

            Lets keep this comment alive until somebody notice. Lol

          • Kree Terry

            Haha who knows how long that will take. Hey while we're at it let's get to know each other lol. How long have you been on android.

          • xord

            Since 2010 maybe. Xperia x10 mini pro. Damn i miss those times when people struggle to unlock those bootloaders. You?

          • Kree Terry

            Since the droid x, well technically the og droid if you cant sharing my wife's phone. Got a gnex and in 2012 and went to the dark side for a year and came back with the moto x. Hoping for a bootloader unlock soon.

          • xord

            Wow, nice phone records. I could only afford mid range phone and then Install custom rom to unlock their full potential. Currently using moto g. The first phone that i didn't unlock the bootloader until today. The current rom feels fast enough. Maybe in the future i will unlock it. So where are you from?

          • Kree Terry

            South Carolina, you? Yea as much as i play with my phones i try to put a little extra into them. im really digging what moto is doing. Hopefully lenovo wont screw that up.

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