Android 2.3 already getting upgrade to 2.4

So it's been more or less confirmed that some features of Android Honeycomb will be made available for smartphones.


Viewsonic - which recently launched the Viewpad 7 and Viewpad 10 Android tablets - has said it will be the first to release an Android 2.4 device. But wait - that version will still be called Gingerbread as it is more or less the same software, only loaded with some features from the Honeycomb 3.0 version which is meant to work only on tablets.


According to Pocket-Lint, the update will allow single-core smartphones (as opposed to those packing the dual-core chips that are a hardware requirement for the Honeycomb software) to access Honeycomb apps.


Not only does this jibe with the rumours from last week that the next version of Android would incorporate some features from Honeycomb, it also fits with news we've heard from sources - namely that HTC is not making the Android 2.3 update available for its existing phones until the 'second half of the Gingerbread OS' is released for manufacturers to use. That sounds like it could be Android 2.4, or Gingerbread part II.

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