Forbes is reporting that the next itineration of Android after Honeycomb will be called Ice Cream and will be Android version 4.0. The naming process for every itineration of Android follows a similar structure, going in alphabetical order, with each name corresponding to a sweet food or dessert.
The Forbes article asserts that Tudor Brown, the president of ARM the company whose processor technology is the basis for most cellphones, revealed in an interview his belief that the name of the Android itineration after Honeycomb would be Ice Cream.
Ice Cream, which is the name I will be using for the version of Android after Honeycomb until officially confirmed otherwise, is suggested by Forbes to be released in mid-2011. Gingerbread should be seeing a release in the coming month or two, while Honeycomb is likely due out in early 2011. Unless Google actually does make good on their slowing down of the Android OS release timeframe, mid-2011 seems to be a safe bet to see Ice Cream released.
An unnamed Google spokesperson is also reported to have confirmed Gingerbread and Honeycomb to be the next two Android versions on the way.
Android Central is quick to remind their readers that Google has not yet confirmed the naming, so we may still be in for a surprise. That is somewhat unlikely at this point however, because there are not very many sweet foods that begin with the letter "i". All I could come up with was icee and icicle.
Seeming to back up the arguement for Ice Cream, Engadget writes that they "get the feeling that Google spends a lot less time thinking about potential names for desserts than we do, and that's alright: they've got a lot of OS work to do."
Both Forbes and Phandroid wonder about how Google will memorialize the Ice Cream version of Android into a statue at Google Headquarters, seeing as FroYo (frozen yogurt) is already there as soft-serve in a bowl. Perhaps a waffle cone with a scoop of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate? We'll just have to wait and see.
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