Google clears-up Android confusion, new update coming this summer
Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has cleared-up confusion surrounding Android naming conventions at this year’s Mobile World Congress, and said that a new release will arrive in six months.
Schmidt also said that Google will (thankfully) be putting an end to the confusion over the naming of different Android versions, saying that from now on he’d like people to stop referring to version numbers, and start calling the updates by their dessert-themed codenames.
There was debate over whether Honeycomb was Android 2.4 or 3.0, and there’s been further confusion over whether Android 2.4 – which supposedly features on the upcoming HTC Desire S – is still Gingerbread or something else (it now seems the Desire S will run an updated version of Gingerbread – 2.3.3).
Schmidt also confirmed, in a roundabout way, that the next version of Android will be called ‘Ice Cream’.
‘We’ve got an OS for phones called ‘Gingerbread’ and one for tablets called ‘Honeycomb’ – G and H. You can imagine that the next will begin with I, and will be named after a dessert,’ said Schmidt.
- Gingerbread is the latest version of Android, also known as 2.3 (though currently the only available phone that runs it is the Google Nexus S).
- Honeycomb is the next version of Android, also known as 3.0 (though this will only be available on tablets, such as the Motorola Xoom).
- Ice Cream will be the version after Honeycomb – scheduled to release sometime in the summer.
Phew, that wasn’t too hard now was it?
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