Google Android Ice Cream: Honeycomb, Gingerbread & Google TV Too Rolled into One!

April 4, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There was a lot of hue and cry when it became public that Honeycomb was released as a special Android OS platform for tablet devices. Many frowned upon the idea citing possible issues caused by fragmentation. Now, Google is all set to combine the features of Honeycomb and Gingerbread in Ice Cream, the next version of Android OS. And, thats not all. We understand more is in store.

The search giant is said to be planning to merge Google TV into the Android Open Sources Project (ASOP) Code Branch.  Though it may seem wild imagination, we believe this might happen very soon.

Doubting Thomases out there need to remember that Google CEO Eric Schmidt had at the launch of Honeycomb said that the next version, Ice Cream, will combine the features of Honeycomb and Gingerbread.

Google is expected to announce their project at Google IO, the annual web developer conference on May 10th or 11th. Once it happens, things will be easier. Since the platforms merge, issuing updates will be child’s play with no need to develop different versions for the smartphone, tablet and Google TV devices as they do now.

Moreover, developing apps will be easier and they will be more consistent. They can work over a range of devices like tablets, smartphones and big screen devices since they share the similar platform.

In the meanwhile, you would want to go back our earlier reports on the Ice Cream. You can find them here, here & here.  Tell us if you have been tracking the Ice Cream too.

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