Android 2.4 Update May Battle iPhone 5
Android-powered devices are currently running 2.2 (Froyo) or 2.3 (Gingerbread), and at the last week in Consumer Electronics Show, Motorola unveiled the Xoom tablet, the first device to run the major update, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), optimized for larger-screen tablet use.
Now it reports that at the next release,Android 2.4, will either be called Ice Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich. Android updates will have their work cut out in competing with Apple’s iOS, which powers the iPhone and iPad. The iPhone 4 is currently distributed by AT&T and soon by Verizon Wireless.
If Android 2.4 arrives this summer, it will compete with the anticipated iPhone 5, which will pack the latest hardware and software from Apple’s labs at Cupertino.
“The iPhone 5 will come out in June, at the same time 2.4 will become common,” said technology consultant Ron Enderle. “The stakes are high. They’re going to have to up their marketing game.”
Honeycomb vs iPad 2
Google-Apple matchup will play out in the next few months as Motorola’s Xoom and other tablets running Honeycomb face off against the second-generation iPad, which could be announced as soon as next month for spring release.
Android 3.0 is the first version to require dual-core functionality, allowing the device to perform multiple instructions at the same time, meaning it cannot be used as an upgrade for existing single-core devices.