If you have been relishing the piece of news that said the HTC EVO View 4G will run Honeycomb right out of the box, well here is an interesting twist in the tale. For Sprint has since then made some changes in their product page so that its not showing “Android 3.0 just for tablets” as it did even some hours ago. Instead, what it has to say is a rather confusing “Latest version of Android.” Now that leaves a lot for rumor mongers to play around with.
Here is why. The latest version of the Android operating system meant for tablet is Android 3.0 Honeycomb. In fact, its the first Android version for tablet PCs and also the first operating system that has been developed exclusively for application in tablet like devices. On the other hand, the latest Android version for smartphones is Android 2.3 Gingerbread though there is also a version called Android 2.4 also codenamed Gingerbread. So if the latest Sprint product page for the HTC Evo View is considered, its going to be Android 2.4 that the HTC tablet will come loaded with. This since from a pure technical aspect, its Android 2.4 that is the latest Android version as it came on to the scene in a post Honeycomb scenario.
Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott though has some kind words to share which should be sweet like honey to those who’d prefer HTC tablet starts off with Honeycomb. “Our plan is to offer Honeycomb, it’s just a matter of when. It’s too early to determine whether or not Honeycomb will be available at launch.” Elliott also added its the “Latest version of Android” tune that they will be preaching for now to avoid confusion of Android 3.0 being part of the initial package. All of this can surely attributed to the fact that neither Sprint nor HTC have with them the Android 3.0 source codes and they have no idea when they are going to have it. Till then, we can take solace from the fact that the HTC Flyer or the Evo View 4G will have Honeycomb for sure, at least as a future upgrade if not from the opening day itself.
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