We are hearing some interesting information about Google’s upcoming OS software codenamed Gingerbread. It turns out this release may come with a 2.3 version number following right after Froyo 2.2. It may or may not be important to some of us but I do agree that version numbers are usually depicted as a big deal. Currently a lot of us are running Froyo which is Android 2.2, and to say that a “major release” would only be version 2.3 does seem like its a little hard to believe. There has never been any official word from Google regarding version numbers and maybe this is the reason why. Check out the screen shot below and be sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts.
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There’s a reason we haven’t been calling Android Gingerbread 2.5 or 3.0 – Google themselves have never committed to a version number, as far as we can tell. Today, it’s been discovered that Google was actually calling their next “major release” Android 2.3. There’s one reason we can’t outright assume this will be the version number for Gingerbread: 2.0 was named Eclair and the subsequent 2.1 release was also considered a major release with no new accompanying codename (even if it didn’t add that many features going from 2.0 to 2.1 opposed to the jump from 1.6 to 2.0 or 2.1 to 2.2.)
Most people will say that version numbers don’t matter, and that is true sometimes. But a lot of people will take a jump from version 2.2 to 2.3 as being “uneventful” compared to a step up to 2.5 or 3.0. At the end of the day, it’s up to the software team’s versioning practices and philosophy, and I haven’t quite been able to peg Google’s. It’s hard to take this Googler’s comment without some salt considering things often change in short periods of time in technology, but for now, this is the first evidence uncovered suggesting Google’s settled on a version number.
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