Google is preparing an Android update to enable phones running single core processors to run apps created for the new generation of dual core-packing handsets, reports suggest.
This year is set to be marked by a host of Android phones with dual core processors, including the Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and the LG Optimus 2X and 3D, as smartphone makers compete to offer tech-hungry consumers the most powerful handsets on the market.
However, according to a source at Viewsonic cited by Pocket-Lint, apps created with these smartphones in mind will not run on single core phones, even once they get updated to the forthcoming Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread.
To get around the problem, Google is reportedly pushing out a newer 2.4 iteration of April “to ensure compatibility with dual core apps”, the site’s loose-lipped insider claims. This will apparently retain the name ‘Gingerbread’ to reflect that it’s not a major update and, presumably, deflect criticism over fragmentation problems with Google's OS.
Viewsonic is poised to release an Android smartphone later this year, which it’s claimed will run 2.4 out of the box.