Google blending Android Ice Cream for the summer

Google blending Android Ice Cream for the summer

The next sweet-toothed addition to Google's growing list of Android confections – Ice Cream – has been strongly tipped to launch in the summer.

Ice Cream is the code name for the next version of Google's popular mobile OS, following in an alphabetical line that has seen us treated to the likes of Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb in the last 18 months or so.

Gadget site Pocket-lint claims that Google insiders have confirmed plans to launch the next version of Android around mid-year, with an official announcement already pencilled in for the company's I/O developer conference at the beginning of May.

None of the sources quoted were willing to go on record, and it has to be said that most people would have expected a new version of Android around mid-year anyway.

However, with Ice Cream set to launch not long after Honeycomb, which has just been announced but not yet released, and the version before that – Android 2.3 Gingerbread – having only launched in December, it seems Android's development is rolling forward faster than ever.

Given that Google has if anything promised to slow down new Android releases, it lends extra weight to the theory that the tablet-friendly Honeycomb has been released out of sync with the others to divide Android into separate smartphone and tablet strands, and that Ice Cream is in fact the natural successor to Gingerbread.

To add to the confusion, despite Honeycomb having officially been Android version 3.0, Ice Cream is expected to be named version 2.4, signifying that it is yet another incremental step forward from Gingerbread, rather than a completely overhauled release.

Naming conventions aside, there's no word at all on exactly what new features Ice Cream will bring to the table, but we'll certainly be listening closely in early May...

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