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Android 2.4 is Also Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich to be 3.1?

Viewsonic has a couple of Android tablets available now, but apparently they aren’t selling enough as they’ve decided to start leaking information about upcoming Android OS releases in order to generate some buzz about their new line of products.  (Was that unfair?)  Anyways, an insider with the tablet company went through an entire Q&A session with Pocket-Lint over the weekend, dropping all sorts of Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich details.

What did they say?  Well, that Android 2.3 is essentially a dead OS as Google has decided to carry over the name Gingerbread to version 2.4.  Supposedly, Android 2.4 only has one major update and that’s the addition of support for dual-core apps that were made initially for Honeycomb.  If true, I would say it probably also brings support for the wave of dual-core phones that are about to hit the market starting in March, like the Atrix 4G.  This insider also claims that this is the reason we haven’t heard reports from any carrier or manufacturer as to when devices would start seeing updates to 2.3.

Oh, and Android 3.1 will now be called Ice Cream (Sandwich).

Via:  Pocket-Lint

  • Wilmat13

    So… can I have Gingerbread for my Droid X? I’m sick of waiting… give me my cookie please.

  • Anonymous

    Called it! I knew Google wouldn’t loop the naming scheme back and then forward again, that would be annoying.

  • Shanklin07

    Funny their is a picture of a droid x in this post. Has a stable gingerbread rom even been seen on it yet?

  • DROIDMANX

    First and formost ive had all the iphones 2 blackberries and now 3 “droids” [og, droid 2 and x] at no point in time did i say android sux because id be lying thru my teeth…and i never said the phones suck either….what i did say is everytime android releases a phone the so called “updates” are like fixes to bugs the phone ships with as apposed to a real upgrade to a new Os version all together which is most likely why android is open source because the devs put out better roms with updates then android themselves which is why we root besides tethering…bring the hate….i love it…just accept the truth android fanboys

    • Keithsmnr

      Well in just over a year we’ve seen donut, eclair, froyo, and now gingerbread (unofficially) each time seeing many many new features added and performance increases across the board. From the looks of your posts and your track record of owning 3 droids now, it just seems like you’re one of those people that can never be satisfied. And with you dropping all that money to keep upgrading to 3 different android phones in about a years time, this only further proves my theory, and jeez, what a waste of money. I bought my Droid in december of 2009 and haven’t bought anything else since, and I am very happy with it.

  • Niemeyer2010

    I think the 3.x isn’t gonna happen. We all though Gingerbread is going to be 3.x and it ends up being 2.3 (2.4)… I wouldnt be suprised if ICS is 2.5……

  • DBK

    *face palm*

    If it’s a dead OS because of the dual core phones coming out, why not just release it for all the single core phones out now and then update to 2.4 for the dual core phones? It looked pretty good and almost-bug free on that one device (the name of the device escapes me at the moment).

    That, or they could have at least announced that they were skipping over 2.3 and going to 2.4. Hell, they could have just released the source code for 2.3 and let the devs have at it. At lest we would have had something to tie us over until the next official release.

    Not happy.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care about version numbers anymore. All I want is that awesome old time-y TV powering off lock animation on the Nexus S. If I can have this, my world will be complete.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

    • Mlaxel42

      Lol I was thinking the same thing. That my favorite feature of gingerbread.

  • Treknologist

    I love dessert…

  • Sixvoltsystem

    I have a Viewsonic G-Tablet, I have to say I love the thing, but only because of The XDA Developers Forum ( and all the devs helping make it awesome ). If they ( Viewsonic ) didn’t load that UI on top of Android it would have sold better. But thats just my Opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Yet another reason to not purchase the Thunderbolt. Dual core or no upgrade for me (though I want to avoid Moto unless they do another dev device like the Sean Connery Droid).

  • DROIDMANX

    nothing exciting here….. android always “talks” about the new names of its software updates and exciting features and then you wait almost a 2 years before the actually “RELEASE” it…thats the power of android #FAIL

    • Keithsmnr

      pfff, whatever man. Android is a fantastic OS and I’m glad they put in a lot of time to ensure the quality and stability.

      You don’t like it, go winmo, blackberry, or iOS, you’ll come crawling back. I don’t even think iOS can update over the air!

      • Anonymous

        It can’t, only Android and webOS can (and maybe some WinMo ROMs, I wouldn’t be surprised).

    • Keithsmnr

      I’ve had my droid for 1 year and 3 months and I’ve seen Android 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2. That’s certainly a hell of a lot more than almost every 2 years like you said.

      You’re annoying “DROIDMANX”

      • Anonymous

        You forgot 2.2.1 ;)

        • C4blimtizle

          and 2.3.2

          • Keithsmnr

            This is the Droid X system software NOT Android version.

      • Anonymous

        And thanks to the Liquid team, I’ve got 2.3.2 on my phone right now as well. Some of you are still on your original OS, I’m on my 4th different one (with minor updates like 2.2.1 in between).

      • DROIDMANX

        First and formost ive had all the iphones 2 blackberries and now 3 “droids” [og, droid 2 and x] at no point in time did i say android sux because id be lying thru my teeth…and i never said the phones suck either….what i did say is everytime android releases a phone the so called “updates” are like fixes to bugs the phone ships with as apposed to a real upgrade to a new Os version all together which is most likely why android is open source because the devs put out better roms with updates then android themselves which is why we root besides tethering. So now find a bridge and jump of it and see if theres a new update on ur phone before you hit the ground lol

        • DBK

          Not only did you ignore his comment, respond to something he didn’t even say, and are being a douche bag about it, but you also proved his point in the process.

          So, uh, STFU?

          • DROIDMANX

            Suck a rooted droid x lmaoooooooo

          • DROIDMANX

            Suck a rooted droid x lmaoooooooo

        • DBK

          Not only did you ignore his comment, respond to something he didn’t even say, and are being a douche bag about it, but you also proved his point in the process.

          So, uh, STFU?

  • Mr Carteratl

    guess i’ll sit back and see which phones get what as far as o.s etc….sucks!

  • cowdog

    2.3 = Gingerbread light or Froyo extended?

    Heck with 2.4; let’s get on that ice cream sandwich goodness ASAP!

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    W
    T
    F
    ?

    Why not first release Gingerbread, then release Honeycomb(to tablets), THEN announce Android 3.1 to be some kind of desert?

    • Anonymous

      Google didn’t announce anything. ViewSonic is just leaking roadmap info.

  • DroidzFX

    OK thats great now drop it like its HOT.

  • Anonymous

    Gingerbread is just an anagram for “A bigger nerd”

    • Anonymous

      Oh. My God.

    • Anonymous

      Last night I was trying to update my other favorite device which is also an anagram for Gingerbread my “Dang Beer Rig.”

      Thankfully, I didn’t have to deal with a “Nagger Bride.”

    • DBK

      All of a sudden, the universe makes sense…. O.O

  • http://twitter.com/Primus0001 James

    kewl, looking forward to testing it out

  • Johnny

    I’m definitely hungry now.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    This also adds to the mystery of why the Nexus One hasn’t received 2.3, yet.

    • (v)urphy

      Yeah, didn’t they say ‘in the coming weeks’ which was almost 2 months ago? smh

      • Anonymous

        Indeed they did.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t want to hear about any other version of Android until my damn Droid X gets Gingerbread!!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            Blame Moto’s locked bootloader. I’ve already had Gingerbread running on the Sean Connery Droid.