Android Ice Cream combines Honeycomb for tablets and Gingerbread for phones
Google is positioning Android 3.0 Honeycomb as a platform only for tablets, and therefore it was unclear when such updates would appear on phones. The other day at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Eric Schmidt shed some light on this issue.
Schmidt said the next version of Android, whose name will begin with “I” and mean dessert, will combine the current release of Gingerbread for phones (2.3 and 2.4) with Honeycomb for tablets (3.0) into a single platform. This means that we will not see Honeycomb on phones, and Ice Cream will be the next major Android update for phones.
The version of Ice Cream, which is likely to get the number 3.1, will also have a better interface on phones as it has on Honeycomb on tablets.
Schmidt also noted that Android updates are now released on a "six-month cycle." Although in fact this means little to users - regardless of the development cycle of Google, Android updates do not reach them soon. Google released Android 2.3 Gingerbread in December along with the Nexus S, but this update has not yet reached other devices. Now there is information that Android 2.4 will replace 2.3 in April, there will be support for Honeycomb applications, and that this version will also be called Gingerbread.