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Google: Android 4.0 will be called Ice-cream

There are no words on the date of availability or what new it is bringing to the table

Following their earlier trends of naming the Android releases after desserts, Google kept up the tradition, with ARM president Tudor Brown revealing that the Android 4.0 is codenamed as Ice-cream. This detail is the earliest pertaining to the 4.0. The Android 3.0 which will come prior to the 4.0, has not been announced although it is codenamed as Gingerbread while an interim release to be launched is christened as Honeycomb.

In fact most of today’s Android come loaded with Eclair (Android 2.1), and not even Froyo (Android 2.2) which is out recently. Some cheap Chinese tablets even bring in 1.6. Froyo brings some really important features like full flash support, but no specification leaks are known for Gingerbread.

There have been no further revelations on any of Ice-cream’s feature set as well, up till date. Neither is there any official dates announced as per the release dates of the Android versions. However industry experts predict that Gingerbread could be all decked up for release before autumn draws a close while Honeycomb would in all probability be ready in the first quarter of 2011. And thereby the 4.0 could be out somewhere between mid to late 2011.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-10-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)