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New Android Operating System Rumoured to Arrive in Apri

Viewsonic has revealed Google's plans for Android 2.4, which involve keeping the Gingerbread name and effectively replacing Android 2.3.

The American company has been spilling the Android beans because it says it will be the first to release an Android 2.4-toting device, in the form of the ViewPad 4 which should be out in April.

The update will allow single-core handsets to work with Honeycomb apps which have been created for dual-core devices, mainly tablets.

The rumour does level with news from last week which suggested that the next Android release would bring bits of Honeycomb to smartphones.

Gingerbread, take two

Gingerbread Android 2.3 handsets aren't exactly flooding the market at present, with the Google Nexus S currently the only one available. This new development could indicate that manufacturers are holding back for Gingerbread. Er, we mean the new Gingerbread, aka 2.4.

Speaking to Pocket-Lint, a source from Viewsonic said, "This latest update to the ViewSonic Europe ViewPad range will position the device as one of the first multi-media handsets to be supported by Google's new operating system."

The same source also said that he believes Ice Cream to be Android 3.1, which certainly makes it sound as though the two numerical ranges, 2.x and 3.x are sprouting off in their own directions.

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