If you though its Android 2.3 Gingerbread was the last of the series (at least for the time being) and that its Android 3.0 Gingerbread that the tablet world would hop onto thereafter, well, there seems there is a new twist in the tale. For if Viewsonic’s recent revelation to Pocket Lint is to be believed, there is something after Gingerbread. It will be Android 2.4 though the rumored version of Android would still retain the Gingerbread tag. Rumored since there is no word from Google as of now confirming such a development.
Further, it is believed it is the ViewPad 4 – the smartphone that its manufacturer claims is a tablet device – would be the launching device to first come ported with the new Gingerbread, which is around April. In fact, the site claims the release date of Android 2.4 has been brought forward to April just to ensure single core devices such as the ViewPad 4 running Android 2.4 are also compatible with the dual core apps built for Honeycomb. Now this can’t be said a very convincing explanation, particularly since its being said Honeycomb does not have any special hardware requirements as such.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see what comes out of the entire development. As for the ViewPad4, we know the smartphone / tablet device will have a Qualcomm MSM 8255 1GHz CPU coupled to a 512 MB or a GB of RAM, 4.1 inch 800 x 480 pixel display, a 3 and 5 megapixel camera integrated at the front and the rear of the tablet along with 2 GB of on board storage.