In an interview with Forbes Magazine, President of ARM, Tudor Brown, revealed that the next sweet treat name for Android after Honeycomb is in fact “Ice Cream”. There seem to be very little chances that he would be mistaken, as ARM’s processors are being used in over 95% of all mobile phones out there.
Google has been naming its Android releases after desserts ever since early last year, when it unveiled Android 1.5 Cupcake and the next two versions of Android are also to be named Gingerbread and Honeycomb. So going by this code-name convention of naming releases after desserts, the codename “Ice-Cream” for Android 4.0 does not seem to be too vague.
Thus far, Google has used the following dessert names to identify the different versions of Android:
- Android 1.5 – Cupcake
- Android 1.6 – Donut
- Android 2.1 – Eclair
- Android 2.2 – Froyo [Frozen Yogurt]
- Android 2.4 – Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 – Honeycomb
The Ice Cream name also makes sense, as there are not too many desserts that begin with the letter “I.” In addition, many have been suspecting for quite a while now that Ice Cream would indeed be used to name the seventh iteration of Android.
Google has not, however, said anything regarding this. Since they already have two versions of Android on the way, it is unlikely that Google will reveal any details of Ice Cream for a while. Actually they have not even announced much details about Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
Gingerbread is expected to be released before the end of the year and Honeycomb in early 2011. So, Ice Cream likely won’t be introduced until mid-2011.
It is not the first time an Android partner divulged such details. Android phone maker Samsung had unveiled the existence of Honeycomb before Google officially announcing it, which suggests that ARM’s President Tudor Brown might have got the name right in the end.