Android 2.3 AKA Gingerbread may be dead on arrival with Android 2.4 taking over as early as April, according to an anonymous source from display manufacturer Viewsonic.
Tech website Pocket-lint says that Google wants to run Honeycomb application on smartphones as well, a move that would eliminate the amount of recoding developers have to do in order to maintain two platforms.
The update will also allow apps that have been optimised for dual core SoCs such as the Nvidia Tegra 2 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 to fully utilise both cores.
It is not known whether Android will keep the name Gingerbread or instead shift to Ice Cream or even Ice Cream Sandwich; the Viewsonic source goes on to mention that Ice Cream may well be named as Android 3.1.
Viewsonic is set to announce the ViewPad 4 tablet in April and reckons that it will be the first to do so then. It will feature a 4.1-inch screen, a dual core Qualcomm MSM8255 and 3G (but no phone capabilities).