We could scarcely believe our eyes when we read in HTC's press release last night that both thewill run Android 2.4, Gingerbread's successor.
Android 2.4? That at first seemed unlikely given several factors--the fact that Android developers are just starting to roll out Gingerbread 2.3 phones at this show and elsewhere, the fact that Google just finished a substantial effort to educate developers about Gingerbread, and the fact that Google has stated that it's trying to. That adds up to what could very well be a simple typo that missed its author's tired eyes.
Indeed, that's what it was. HTC has since corrected its online press release, changing the stated OS of the HTC Salsa, ChaCha, and Flyer tablet from Android 2.4 to Android 2.3.
HTC's typo was a small but significant. Albeit accidentally for HTC, the handset manufacturer wasn't the first to in one way or another presuppose Google's plans. Tablet maker ViewSonic allegedly suggested earlier this month that its ViewPad 4 device Barcelona, Spain, that its forthcoming will currently deliver Android 2.2 Froyo, promising an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.. That, too, has proven false, since the company announced in
At this point, Android 2.4'sis still the subject of rumor--will it be Gingerbread, Honeycomb for phones, or Ice Cream Sandwich on the eve of Google's future official announcement?
Article updated at 12:45 a.m. PT and 8:20 a.m. PT with news that HTC had indeed erred.