More from Google I/O: device support to last 18 months, Android Market changes coming soon

More from Google I/O: device support to last 18 months, Android Market changes coming soonThis week's Google I/O event might’ve only lasted two days, but it produced countless news stories. Well, not literally “countless”, but freakin’ loads.

We met Google Music and Movies, Honeycomb 3.1 and Ice Cream Sandwich, and heard that there’ll be a Nexus 3 later in the year. But it doesn’t end there. No siree.

The eagle-eyed folks at Android Community have spotted a new version of the Android Market running on the Nexus S. It looks remarkably similar to Honeycomb’s version of the Market, as seen on the Motorola Xoom. Of course, the Nexus S currently runs Gingerbread, and was indeed the first smarthphone to do so.

It’s not clear if the new Market will come with a simple Gingerbread update, or if we’ll have to wait for the full Ice Cream Sandwich love-in.

Google has also been discussing the fast-paced Android “ecosystem” (oh, how we love that term). The Open Handset Alliance will draw up new guidelines on how long we’ll have to wait for platform updates once they become available. Sounds good to me, with my Frodo-running HTC Desire HD.

The founding partners, namely Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola and AT&T, have also announced that new devices will receive updates for 18 months from first release. Er, “as long as the hardware allows.”

A post on The Official Google Blog tells us to: “Stay tuned for more details.” That we will.

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mrew42  May. 12, 2011 at 16:39

Does this signify a move to LOTR characters instead of tasty desserts?
Wonder what Gollum will be like. :)

lcurdie / MOD  May. 12, 2011 at 17:10

Fantastic. I think I'll let that particular typo go, purely for comedy purposes.

Personally, I can't wait for Isengard Sandwich.

fixer  May. 13, 2011 at 02:23

my desire z running 2.3.3 using cm7 + play rom.
no reason your dhd cant be updated.

mrew42  May. 13, 2011 at 11:29

@fixer: That's all well and good, much like my desire is running CM7. But how about anything 'official'? that people don't need to root etc.


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