During his speech at MWC, Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that the next iteration of Android, likely called Ice Cream, would bring together the features of Android Gingerbread for smartphones and Honeycomb for tablets into a single OS build.
In order to bring together the tablet OS and the smartphone OS, Google will be using their recently developed Fragments API, which should allow developers to overcome the differences between smartphone and tablet displays.
Mr. Schmidt informed the audience that Google will continue with their pattern of releasing an update every six months.
If you consider that Gingerbread was "released" with the Nexus S in mid-December, and that Honeycomb has yet to be released, Schmidt's words come off as more than a bit confusing. Is Honeycomb considered part of the Gingerbread release, and will Ice Cream release in mid-June (6 months after the Nexus S' launch), or will they wait six months after the launch of the Honeycomb OS?
I would bet that if the are following the 6-month release scheme, and that the OS is supposed to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, mid-June sounds about the right time for the release. I'll be watching for more developments in the story and keep you guys posted.
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