Rumour: HTC Pyramid to ship with Android 2.4 in June

A bevy of leaks have suggested mobile maker HTC's next flagship phone will ship with the next version of Google's Android OS, tentatively dubbed ''Ice Cream''.

GSMArena got its virtual hands on a shot of the HTC Pyramid yesterday, along with some specs that suggest the device will be packing a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, an eight megapixel shooter, the latest version of HTC's Sense UI and Android 2.4. If the leaked specs are correct, the Pyramid would be HTC's first dual-core handset.

While the device appeared to feature a 4.3-inch screen, a closer look by GSMArena apparently revealed an aspect ratio that suggests a qHD (540x960px) screen similar to that found on the Motorola Atrix 4G and Motorola Droid Bionic.

The leak to GSMArena came just a day after Greek site Techblog received an image of the back of the phone showing a design that will likely divide reviewers when the phone is released.

Unofficial T-Mobile blog TmoNews has suggested the phone could hit that carrier in June, though as Android owners know only too well, when (and if) other devices will receive a bump to Android 2.4 will be anyone's guess.

Little is known about what Android 2.4 will bring, though Google chairman Eric Schmidt told an audience at last month's Mobile World Conference Android ''Ice Cream'' would merge smartphone and tablet versions of the company's mobile OS.

''Today I'll use the commonly used names. We have OS called Gingerbread for phones, we have an OS being previewed now for tablets called Honeycomb. The two of them... you can imagine the follow up will start with an I, be named after dessert, and will combine these two,'' he said. Other rumours have suggested that some Honeycomb features will make their way over to the smartphone platform in Android 2.4.

HTC is expected to officially unveil the Pyramid in the next day at the CTIA Wireless expo in Florida.

Image Credit: GSMArena

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So it's a race! HTC Evo 3D vs. HTC Pyramid. Both sport the 1.2 ghz dual-core Snapdragon which I'm so desperate to see benchmarked (with official software) against the A5 and Tegra 2.

The HTC Pyramid will be released as the Evo 3D in the coming days/weeks. It's already appeared as such in numerous carrier systems. Its specs however are up for debate, I'd imagine it's mostly correct but there have been conflicting reports on its screen resolution, some saying qHD (960*540) and others at WVGA (800*480). As it's the successor to the Evo I'd guess the former, this will be a crazy popular phone in the coming months.

Surprise guys it's a desire HD with an htc moztart back. At least they're changing processor even if it's not to a very good one.

Digitalx said,
Surprise guys it's a desire HD with an htc moztart back. At least they're changing processor even if it's not to a very good one.

Your comment is based on benchmarks ran on a pre-release device. You'll understand my scepticism if I say that it's best to wait to see just how this processor performs.

Hollow.Droid said,

Your comment is based on benchmarks ran on a pre-release device. You'll understand my scepticism if I say that it's best to wait to see just how this processor performs.

Nope the processors been out for some time. MSM8260 with adreno 220 gpu came out late last year even. Doesn't even support LTE for those who really care.

2.4 will still be Gingerbread and will not have much new stuff aside better dualcore support. 3.x will be Icecream. This has been known for a few months now!

Ambroos said,
2.4 will still be Gingerbread and will not have much new stuff aside better dualcore support. 3.x will be Icecream. This has been known for a few months now!

Really? Do you mind telling thenetavenger, cybertimber2008, ryushan and Jebadiah. Read on you'll know why I say this. http://goo.gl/Ou8Zz

UndergroundWire said,

Really? Do you mind telling thenetavenger, cybertimber2008, ryushan and Jebadiah. Read on you'll know why I say this. http://goo.gl/Ou8Zz

They need to learn to Google then lol
I've not seen the reasoning behind keeping it as Gingerbread, but I'm going to guess something to do with 2.3 not being as good as they wanted it to be

Ambroos said,
2.4 will still be Gingerbread and will not have much new stuff aside better dualcore support. 3.x will be Icecream. This has been known for a few months now!

This is correct.

It would be unbelievably retarded to called 3.0 "Honeycomb" and then 2.4 "Ice Cream", even more so because Google's already said that they'll release *one* version of Android for both tablets and phones.

2.3 and 2.4 are Gingerbread. This has happened before...2.0 and 2.1 were both Eclair.

Bhav said,

This is correct.

It would be unbelievably retarded to called 3.0 "Honeycomb" and then 2.4 "Ice Cream", even more so because Google's already said that they'll release *one* version of Android for both tablets and phones.

2.3 and 2.4 are Gingerbread. This has happened before...2.0 and 2.1 were both Eclair.

Everything you said is correct and believe me I am the first one to say that 2.3.3 is not final and 2.4 is still Gingerbread. But let me play devils advocate here. The API numbers are as follow:

(Froyo) Android 2.2 = 8
(Gingerbread) Android 2.3 = 9
(Gingerbread) Android 2.3.3 = 10
(Gingerbread) Android 2.4 = ??
(Honeycomb) Android 3.0 = 11 (Tablets Only)

With Eclair 2.0 (5), Eclair 2.01 (6) and Eclair 2.1 (7), the API numbers changed so what will happen with 2.4? Very confusing.

Also when programming in Eclipse, API numbers have to be whole numbers last I checked so 2.4 can't be 10.5.

UndergroundWire said,

Everything you said is correct and believe me I am the first one to say that 2.3.3 is not final and 2.4 is still Gingerbread. But let me play devils advocate here. The API numbers are as follow:

(Froyo) Android 2.2 = 8
(Gingerbread) Android 2.3 = 9
(Gingerbread) Android 2.3.3 = 10
(Gingerbread) Android 2.4 = ??
(Honeycomb) Android 3.0 = 11 (Tablets Only)

With Eclair 2.0 (5), Eclair 2.01 (6) and Eclair 2.1 (7), the API numbers changed so what will happen with 2.4? Very confusing.

Also when programming in Eclipse, API numbers have to be whole numbers last I checked so 2.4 can't be 10.5.


Why can't 2.4 be API level 12 and then 3.1 (or 3.x) be level 13? It's a bit confusing, but I can't really see the problem...

Yeah, everything I heard pointed to 2.4 being Gingerbread as well, and not Ice Cream. Haven't heard anything contradict that either.

Ambroos said,

Why can't 2.4 be API level 12 and then 3.1 (or 3.x) be level 13? It's a bit confusing, but I can't really see the problem...

If you were an Android programmer you would understand. Let me try and explain. If I target API 12 that means it's higher than 11. Which means this OS is optimized for dual core and what ever new features introduced in API 11 (which so far is not the case). You know what I mean? I'm not sure if I can explain it any better. Maybe someone else can. I'm horrible at explaining technical things.

UndergroundWire said,
If you were an Android programmer you would understand. Let me try and explain. If I target API 12 that means it's higher than 11. Which means this OS is optimized for dual core and what ever new features introduced in API 11 (which so far is not the case). You know what I mean? I'm not sure if I can explain it any better. Maybe someone else can. I'm horrible at explaining technical things.
The version number is mostly user facing. It's what matters most to the user (you would never ask the user what API level they have; you'd ask what version they have). It's also the reason that I am confused by Eric Schmidt announcing that 2.4 will merge 2.3 and 3.0, considering that 3.0 was supposedly not just for tablets according to the now-infamous tweet from the Google developer. It makes no sense to backtrack to version 2.4 from 3.0. They should just go to 3.1, or leapfrog to 4.0. Of course, this could just be Eric Schmidt being Eric Schmidt.

Anyway, the API level is completely programmer/developer facing. If you need a specific feature from the Android API, then you check the API version number and compare it to what's installed on the phone. In theory, this allows developers to enable features that are supported on future versions, but disable them on older versions. As a developer, I think it's a bit silly to jump between version numbers like Google seems poised to do, but it's their product line and they can do what they want. I can say that it will definitely be unnecessarily confusing for developers, but probably not enough to really matter.

pickypg said,
The version number is mostly user facing. It's what matters most to the user (you would never ask the user what API level they have; you'd ask what version they have). It's also the reason that I am confused by Eric Schmidt announcing that 2.4 will merge 2.3 and 3.0, considering that 3.0 was supposedly not just for tablets according to the now-infamous tweet from the Google developer. It makes no sense to backtrack to version 2.4 from 3.0. They should just go to 3.1, or leapfrog to 4.0. Of course, this could just be Eric Schmidt being Eric Schmidt.

Anyway, the API level is completely programmer/developer facing. If you need a specific feature from the Android API, then you check the API version number and compare it to what's installed on the phone. In theory, this allows developers to enable features that are supported on future versions, but disable them on older versions. As a developer, I think it's a bit silly to jump between version numbers like Google seems poised to do, but it's their product line and they can do what they want. I can say that it will definitely be unnecessarily confusing for developers, but probably not enough to really matter.

That's what confuses me. The version number will make sense but not the API. Consumers are dumb so version numbers don't matter to them. But from a programming perspective API is what matters in the end.

Suave Sagittarian said,
Wonder what v2.5 will be called? Jambalaya? Jalapeno? Jerky?

new HTC phone - GreatWallOfChina
new Android - Milkshake

FarCry3r said,

new HTC phone - GreatWallOfChina
new Android - Milkshake

Not entirely sure you understand the rules of this game.