Android fans that love complexity will love to hear the latest rumors that are going around. Apparently Viewsonic’s recently announced ViewPad 4 smartphone will be powered by Android 2.4 when it’s launched in April and the operating system is capable of working with Honeycomb apps. This is slightly strange as it means that Android 2.4 will be released earlier than expected and is going to be around while most devices aren’t even running Android 2.3 Gingerbread yet. Apparently the release date of version 2.4 was bumped forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Android 3.0 Honeycomb will be able to work with single-core devices running Android 2.4.
To make things even stranger, it’s said that Android 2.4 will still be called Gingerbread and the only new feature it adds will be the ability to support dual-core apps on a single-core device. Sounds rather confusing and probably won’t help Google’s argument against the claimed issue of Android fragmentation. Of course, these are still unconfirmed rumors at this point, so hopefully everything will be peachy keen when it’s finally released