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Have you been waiting for some manufactures to release their devices with Gingerbread or why the Sony Ericsson Arc said 2.4 Gingerbread? Well Viewsonic just told us why. The company was quoted to say that Gingerbread is being upgraded to the next number (2.4) but still keeping its name. The new version of Gingerbread will support some version of Honeycomb applications and some of the looks and features will be ported down.
Here is the direct quote:
"According to our source, the release date of version 2.4 has been brought forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4. Currently, our man on the inside says that’s not possible with version 2.3 (Gingerbread) hence the need to push to the next iteration and version number, but not change the name. It's most likely to be one of the main reasons we’ve yet to see any major manufacturer gunning to get Android 2.3 handsets out there."

Source (Viewsonic reportedly spills the beans on Android 2.4 | Android Central)