Is Android 2.3 Already Dead?
The change in strategy is being made "to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (Android 3.0) will be compatible with single-core devices running 2.4." To make things still more confusing, Android 2.4 won't be Ice Cream (Sandwich), as originally thought, but instead be Gingerbread, just as Android 2.3 is.
The information comes from Viewsonic, who told Pocket-lint that the ViewPad 4 smartphone will be carrying Android 2.4 when it launches in April. That device has a 4.1-inch screen, Qualcomm MSM 8255 1GHz platform, 720p HD video recording, playback, and HDMI 720p display output, along with a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n wi-fi, and now Android 2.4 (it was originally to be sporting Froyo, Android 2.2).
Either way, the news is bound to bring forth more criticism about Android's fragmentation problem.