Android Ice Cream Sandwich to Merge Phone and Tablet Versions
During the last Mobile World Congress, Google executives said that the next Android version will have the functionality of both the smartphone and tablet versions. It is known as Ice Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google Android Engineering Director Dave Burke stated that the next version of the Android for smartphones will feature Android 3.0 Honeycomb’s contextual action bar, visual cues and the app switcher.
There have been speculations in the past on whether the Honeycomb will be available for Android smartphones. The Honeycomb was designed for tablet use but Google executives said that some of the features will be ported to smartphones over time.
People in the open source community are waiting for the Honeycomb to be open source. Once that time comes, manufacturers who wish to place it on the phones can do so but Google doesn’t advise them against it.
The Honeycomb requires dual core processor to run smoothly and most Android phones don’t have the required hardware. Google gave its initial go-signal to tablets that are dual-core. Google wants smartphone makers to skip Honeycomb and go straight to the Ice Cream version. Google hasn’t release any statement yet on when the next version of its Android OS will be released.