Android 2.4 due in April; may keep phones, tablets segregated, further fragmenting Android platform

“Google may be planning to keep Android 2 and 3 segregated in a long-term split of the platform, according to a ViewSonic source on Monday,” Electronista reports.

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Electronista continues, “The 2.4 update, once thought to be called Ice Cream, is now said to be a continuation of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) that would simply add backwards compatibility for dual-core apps on single-core phones. Ice Cream, Pocket-lint heard, should be Android 3.1 and would keep the two apart in features and the interface.”

“A 2.4 launch would arrive sometime in April,” Electronista reports. “If true, the schism could create problems for Google’s attempts to promote Android as a unified platform for both phones and tablets.”

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33 Comments

  1. right……., because who would ever need a single, clean, operational OS the scales between phone, tablet and computer?

    Why if all those things were to actually work together could you imagine the disruptive chaos?

  2. right……., because who would ever need a single, clean, operational OS the scales between phone, tablet and computer?

    Why if all those things were to actually work together could you imagine the disruptive chaos?

    Consumers don’t want or need an OS and interface that looks and works the same between devices, thats just plain stupid.

  3. +1 @ ken1w

    Wayyyyyy too many incompatible things are being lumped together under the “Android” banner lately. It’s time for analysts do what they’re paid for (i.e., some actual analysis), and start separating those numbers out in ways which are actually meaningful. Some good starting points:

    Tapas is not Android.
    OMS is not Android.
    Google’s tablet OS is not Android.

    Further suggestions welcome.

  4. @ @Joe

    Eh don’t know what you are smoking but you dont need all the OS to be the same to have them work together. And why you would not want to add features specifically to take advantage of the extra screen real estate you get with a tablet format is beyond me.

    So good luck with that line of thought. With that way of thinking we might as well just replace all OS with iOS and not have Mac OSX. Oh wait, then where would we be? Think before you type smart guy…

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