A recent report by Pocket-lint states that Viewsonic will be launching its new smartphone – the ViewPad 4 – in April. Meh! Who cares? The reason I’m mentioning it though, is because it also says that the ViewPad 4 will be running Android 2.4 at launch.
According to the source, Android 2.4 is being launched mainly to ensure that dual core apps built for Android 3.0 Honeycomb devices work with single core smartphones. Apparently, it’s not possible to do it with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, hence the new release.
It won’t offer a massive upgrade over Android 2.3, but will ensure that new apps created work with both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. This is probably the reason why no manufacturer has offered Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrades yet; they may all jump to Android 2.4 directly. Android 2.4 will be called Gingerbread too, not Ice Cream Sandwich.
What puzzles me a bit, is the fact that Google is choosing to go with the Viewsonic ViewPad 4 as a launchpad for Android 2.4. Surely, HTC, Samsung or Motorola would have lapped up the chance to launch it on one of their new devices.
The Viewsonic ViewPad 4 has a 4.1 inch display and comes with a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and was unveiled at CES 2011.