A new User Interface for Droid owners? Gingerbread 2.3 was not overwhelming with expectation that it would be the new OS Honeycomb. As Android 2.x slowly creeps to 3.x (Honeycomb), I’m beginning to wonder how big of a change Android 2.4 will be. Are Android developers making subtle changes to the OS to gradually ease compatibility issues into 3.0, as Android smartphones become more compatible? The idea of Honeycomb 3.0 running on handheld devices is exciting. Let’s hope that Android 2.4 OS will be more of a Hybrid between Froyo 2.2 and Honeycomb 3.0. Will “ice cream” simply melt away in the heat of debate? or will this process follow Blackberry’s footsteps in their release of OS 6?
Is Google really messing up on its naming convention? With Android 2.3 dubbed Gingerbread, and 3.0 headed towards the next alphabetical letter, H, with Honeycomb, I with Ice Cream may be jumping back to the 2.x numerical convention rather than flowing with 3.x convention according to Pocket-lint.
The site had reported that Android 2.4 Ice Cream was found on a test model of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc on the show floor of CES. Sony Ericsson reps were tactful in telling Pocket-lint that the number and version was due to some sort of Android corruption issue.
Pocket-lint was also told by other sources that Ice Cream may see a debut at the Google I/O conference in May 2011.
What’s odd, if the numbering scheme stays the same, is that Google is jumping between 2.x and 3.x for what may be a sequential release based on the sequential alphabetical naming (I comes after H in Honeycomb). One possibility is that Google may be heading two Android revisions, one for tablet and one for smartphone, though that may be unlikely as it would cause more confusion and would further fragment the Android ecosystem.
When we had spoken with Sony Ericsson representatives at CES, we were told that the XPERIA Arc would be running on the latest Google Android Gingerbread operating system, which was recently announced as an Android 2.3 release.
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