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Will Android 2.4 Be Called Ice Cream, Come This Summer?

Can we get chocolate chips on that?

Jan 12 2011, 9:44am CST | by

Will Android 2.4 Be Called Ice Cream, Come This Summer?
 
 

Would you like one or two scoops of the latest version of Android? Version 2.4 is reportedly going to be called "Ice Cream" and should be due out in about six months.

Even though Android 3.0, otherwise known as Honeycomb, is expected to become available in the coming months, Google is apparently also working on Android 2.4, codenamed Ice Cream, at the same time, according to a report from mobile enthusiast site Pocket Lint. Confused yet?

So here's the rundown. Android 3.0 is essentially a reboot of Google's mobile platform. It'll carry stricter hardware specifications and make development a bit more streamlined. But since it's going back to the basics, current Android phones aren't expected to get the 3.0 upgrade.

That's where Android 2.4 comes in. This will be an update to the phone software for those phones that already exist, while new advanced devices will look to 3.0 and beyond. Alright, so it's still a bit confusing, but in someone's mind it makes sense.

Even for those customers with an existing Android phone, many haven't even been upgraded to the most current version available now, Android 2.3, AKA Gingerbread. In fact, almost no one has that version of the OS. Instead, Google's still trying to get everyone up to version 2.2. It's a real mess out there. Android 3.0's sounding pretty good right about now, isn't it?

As of now, the news of Android 2.4 is just a rumor, but given how quickly Google has been doling out software updates over the past several months, we wouldn't be at all surprised if it turned out to be true.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.

 

 

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