Once And For All, Android 2.4 is Still Gingerbread

We’ve been saying it over and over again, but just in case anyone still had their doubts, we’ll say it one last time: Android 2.4 is still Gingerbread. The changes made to it over 2.3 won’t be noticeable by the end-user unless they fix glaring bugs. (Like that damned reset bug we hear still has yet to be fixed on the Nexus S.)

It’s not unlike the Motorola DROID being the only device launching with Android 2.0, while devices from the Nexus One onward just debuted with Android 2.1. (Both versions were also called Eclair.) Differences between these versions are so minimal that no new name is justified, but significant enough to warrant a version number increase. (2.4 is said to add multi-core support which is a very significant under-the-hood addition, but something most users probably won’t know or care about, thus the lack of a codename change.)

Ice Cream Sandwich may or may  not be 3.1, 3.5, 2.5, 2.6, or whatever Google decides it’s going to be, but 2.4 is Gingerbread and you’ll likely see it on more phones than 2.3 ever was. (Only the Nexus S, officially.) [Android Central, Android Community]

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  • AGx

    If Ice Cream is going to combine parts of Honeycomb and GB, I hope they name it 3.1+. Anything under 3 would just add to the confusion already being created by Honeycomb and Gingerbread.

    I can already hear the frag cries from tablet users though: “oh that phone got 3.1 but my XooM is stuck on 3.0!” We’ll see. Doesn’t matter to me either way.

  • guest

    What AGx just said.

  • jdog25

    The nexus one already got Honeycomb. Yes I said Honeycomb 3.0.

  • Bela

    Then why name it 2.4? They have basically taken their naming and number scheme and pooped all over it. Great way to “enlighten” (confuse) the average customer even more…

  • Alex

    I wonder if any of this is the reason why no other phone (even the nexus one) has been officially upgraded to 2.3.

  • http://livingwithanerd.com OutstandingO

    I don’t care about 2.4 if I haven’t even gotten 2.3 yet. Google… where the hell is Gingerbread for me Nexus One!!??

  • ghostofcain

    @outstanding0 cm 7 is where it’s at

  • Victor

    Still waiting for the nexus one update haha

  • jdog25

    @bela 2.0, 2.1, 2.1.1 all had the same name. That was from Nov.2009 to may 2010 so nothing has changed.

  • Sam I Amdroid

    @OutstandingO – wow, really the Nexus One still doesn’t have Gingerbread? That sucks. Means I won’t be seeing it for my G2 anytime soon. Then again, I doubt I personally am missing anything running Froyo on my phone. Does everything I need/want it to do.

  • Mike

    At everyone moaning about not having GB yet – be thankful. As a Nexus S owner the glaring issues, bugs, and lack of communication from Google about fixes are very frustrating. I only wish I could run a stable version of Froyo on this phone.

  • elnene20

    I’m already on 2.3 on my nexus s lmao and loving it

  • Evo user here

    Running 2.3.2 on Evo. Cyanogenmod FTW!

  • http://twitter.com/Stefing Stefing

    The Nexus One has NOT got Honeycomb – just a functioning compilation of the SDK, it will never be capable of: phone calls, messaging, photography, audio…
    What you have a expensive but very pretty calculator.

  • Timpj

    You guys with the Nexus S won’t be laughing long. As soon as Google comes out with a newer phone they will abandon the Nexus S like they did the N1. I won’t buy a newer Google phone since their strategy seems to be to expect users to continually upgrade to their newer phones.

  • dennis

    Not multi-core support.. Android already supports multi cores. Improvements yes, but “support” is already there.

  • Bobbin

    I must be lucky, because I keep reading about all these bugs that 2.3 is supposed to have on the nexus s, but I have had my phone since release date and it has NEVER rebooted…..

  • Bobbin

    2.xx and 3.xx maybe ice cream will be 5.xx

  • Álmos

    So, Android releases so far, in order of release date: 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.0, 2.4… clever. They should simply call it 2.3.3 instead of 2.4.

  • Álmos

    Also worth noting that NOTHING is confirmed, despite what android cummunity says. This is still just a rumor.

  • http://www.livingwithanerd pojut

    @OutstandingO

    I’m currently running 2.3.2 on my Droid Eris, thanks to Ginger Tazz and CyanogenMod 7. Hell, the Eris never even got Froyo!

    When manufacturers fail, XDA suceeds :)

  • Guardian452com

    @Timpj, Google hasn’t abandoned the N1 it is next in line to any and all Google glory, as will the Nexus S next year, I still hope to supplement my Nexus S with a Nexus One someday.

  • Guardian452com

    Finally was able to send that comment, whoo hoo, flipping high desert T-Mobile reception

  • Bela

    @Jdog,
    This was BEFORE Android caught on like it has. Let me be blunt. They are battling iOS which touts “simplicity”. There was a trend set, and now it is gone. Bad move IMO.

  • Ticodakilla

    I need a new update to my HTC EVO ASAP !!!!!!

  • dylan

    Well it looks like (according to this forum) that 2.3 on the ally is just around the corner:) when will the ally ever get cm?

  • jp

    people join us in the google forum to bash them for not delivering on their promised updates for the nexus one phones. http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=3d1ac17f101fe406&hl=en

  • jdkoreclipse

    I can confirm that 2.4 is GINGERBREAD with lots of under the hood stuff, Snappier OS, and UI teansitions seem a little smoother. Its just like how 2.0 and 2.1 were both Eclair.

    BTW: I know this because i found a 2.4 dump (on XDA) and ported it to my phone, and got everything to work.