AndroidandMe received a tip from an unnamed source which indicates that Android Honeycomb, the next Android OS verison after Gingerbread, will be called Android 2.4, and not Android 3.0 as many had been assuming. In addition, a possible release date for Android Honeycomb and Ice Cream was also mentioned.
According to the AndroidandMe article, the tipster believes that Android Honeycomb will likely be released in February, likely around the time that Mobile World Congress is going on. Backing up this rumor is the fact that several CEOs whose businesses have a significant interest in Android will be speaking at Mobile World Congress.
In addition, many manufacturers are planning on showing off hardware running Android Honeycomb at CES in the coming weeks, so an official release of the OS a month or so after the display of the first hardware to run Honeycomb seems likely as well.
Another AndroidandMe tipster hinted that Google I/O in May 2011 would also be a date to remember in Android history, which seemingly indicates that if Honeycomb does get released in February, we may already see Ice Cream by May of next year.
Some readers might remember that several months ago in June, Andy Rubin, Google VP of Engineering, mentioned that Android OS updates would start slowing down to a yearly release timeline. Between that time and now, we have seen the release of another new Android OS version, Android 2.3.
At the time, Mr. Rubin said that it might take awhile until the updates slowed down to a yearly schedule, as Google was still focusing on bring the Android OS "up to market spec" so as to make it desireable for developers and consumers. In addition, I remember reading several weeks ago that the people developing the next version of Anroid had split into two groups, with one focusing on Gignerbread, and the other focusing on Honeycomb.
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