According to TechRadar, they received word from multiple sources that the Android OS version to follow Android Gingerbread (Android 3.0) will be called Android Honeycomb, continuing with the alphabet naming convention (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, FroYo, Gingerbread). They also claim that the Honeycomb update will likely be a smaller update from Gingerbread, like the jump from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2.
TechRadar includes in their article that the environment Honeycomb will likely launch into will not be easy:
Gingerbread is due out towards the end of the year (or possibly leaking into 2011) with tablets from Toshiba and Samsung likely to make use of the upgrade, which will only work with fast processors and high-res screens.
However, it will be interesting to see where Android Honeycomb machines land in the marketplace against Google Chrome OS tablets, which we should start seeing in November onwards – is there a large enough tablet market to sustain two operating systems from the same manufacturer?
Android Central and Gizmodo were both rooting for "Häagen-Dazs" as the next Android OS name, but it seems that it was not meant to be. I highly doubt that Google would choose another company's name for the name of their next Android release, as licensing just doesn't seem worth using the name.
TechRadar write that they "contacted Google about the new name, and unsurprisingly got no comment, but given each new Android iteration is named after sweets and cakes, there's not a lot to choose from."
Phandroid notes that Honeycomb shouldn't really be own main focus now anyways:
But what does anyone really know? We still can’t confirm anything regarding Gingerbread, so let’s just keep our focus squared on that, for now.
As for the legitimacy of TechRadar's claim, Gizmodo adds that "knowing TechRadar's history of scoops, it's sounding very solid to me."
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