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Eric Schmidt: Next Version of Android will “Combine” Honeycomb and Gingerbread

During his keynote speech today at MWC, Eric Schmidt helped clarify what the future version of Android will end up being.  There has been a lot of talk on whether or not Honeycomb would be available to phones or if the version to follow Gingerbread would simply pull certain parts out of its tablet brother.  According to Schmidt, they will essentially be “combined”…

“We have OS called Gingerbread for phones, we have an OS being previewed now for tablets called Honeycomb. You can imagine the follow up will start with an I, be named after dessert, and will combine these two.”

We heard rumors back in January that this version of Android would be called “Ice Cream Sandwich“, but only the “i” part was confirmed today.

So what should we expect?  The polish and feel of Honeycomb but on a smaller scale?  Will this just mean that phones and tablets can use apps without error?  Hopefully we find out at Google I/O in May.  Oh, and did I mention we’ll be there covering the whole thing?

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s for I See What You Did There.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beegore Brandon Bombard

    Love me some HoneyBread!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    HoneyBread or Gingercomb?

  • Anonymous

    HoneyBread or Gingercomb?

  • Anonymous

    just so everyone knows, HoneyBread (?) will be on the Eris first. ;)

  • joe1138

    I + Honeycomb + Gingerbread = IHoneyBread?

  • Anonymous

    As I said, the rumor going around us bug fixers @ Google (We have no access to classified stuff) is Italian Ice. Or maybe it’s just the ones that I work with.

  • Jawshua

    Ice cream sandwich! Haha! They should call it dog log.

  • Anonymous

    OK, whatever they’ll call it, will it be available for my OG Droid, or have they updated as far as they could go at this point? Even though I will always, always love my original Droid, I have been looking for the my next phone. I’d definitely like a faster phone and I do love the look of a Super AMOLED screen. Any suggestions (and the reasons why) … Thunderbolt, Global, wait for another??? I have Verizon service. Any input would be of help. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Thunderbolt – no blur (nuff said)

    • Anonymous

      Motorola Nexus 3

      • Anonymous

        Is it available yet?

  • Kevinmon

    Ice cream sandwich since they will SANDWICH the two OS’s together.

  • Silksmooth12

    Ice Cream Cone

    Cone is like “Comb” and Ice Cream is already known. Ice Cream Cone. Or just Ice Cream. I doubt it will be called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s dumb…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7J4Z55BLI6W3OMFGRZZFNVLQA John

    you mean honeycomb for phones? finally.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7J4Z55BLI6W3OMFGRZZFNVLQA John

    you mean honeycomb for phones? finally.

  • EC8CH

    i “part”… sounds like the name of some yet to be release *pple product :-P

  • Mike

    2 Gingerbread Cookies with Ice Cream in between with honey poured on top!

  • Kdkinc1

    What ever the name when its comes to Motorola they’ll rename it too ICECUBE. They have the bootloader frozen why not the OS.

    Hello HTC can you see me now ??

  • Chris Nimon

    So is it HoneyBread or GingerComb?

  • dannyjedi

    I am so sick of people talking about Gingerbread as if everyone has it on their phones already.
    Wasn’t this OS released 10/22/10??? And the SDK came out 12/6/10???
    WTF?
    And now we are talking about a new OS already?

    How about iron all the kinks out of the OS already on the phone? And don’t announce a new OS until it is ready for Pull?
    Stupid.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait for this, for now my ChevyNo1 SS5.0 Gingerbread is work GREAT!!!! FAST FAST FAST!!!

  • Jenn Sterger

    Update my phone

  • Anonymous

    IBS Friendly Sugar Free Mousse?

  • Mth2134

    I for Indefinitely On Hold To Distribute To Devices.
    Too long?

  • Anonymous

    I for Ice cream. And V for Vanilla.

  • Anonymous

    Honeycomb and Gingerbread combine to make a dessert beginning with an I…
    Ingercomb
    Irresistible Delight
    I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter

    • Southpaw2k

      I seriously laughed when I saw “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.” Can we campaign to have that be the I-name for Android?

    • Chris Nimon

      I love it, but should change it to I Cant Believe It’s Not Gingerbread

      • EC8CH

        awesome

      • Anonymous

        I thought it should be I Can’t Believe It’s Not Out For My Device Yet

    • Anonymous

      I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter is a dessert?

  • Anonymous

    I just realized that they are going in alphabetical order!

  • Andrew Hewitt

    How bout we work on getting gingerbread to more than ONE phone first? k thx.

    • Anonymous

      That’s not Google’s responsibility. Take it up with device manufacturers. I for one hope they keep releasing at the same pace and make the public more aware. Would put pressure on the manufacturers.

      • Andrew Hewitt

        And also cause even more fragmentation…

        • Anonymous

          I haven’t had an issue with fragmentation. In fact, I hear more about fragmentation from the isheep trying to bash android than from any developer.

          List for me the problems with fragmentation and Android. We just visited this a month or so ago actually, and the fragmentation is a percentage point or two away from the crapple devices, if you want to use them as your benchmark.

          • Andrew Hewitt

            iSheep is ironic, considering Android fans jerk it more to Android than any iPhone owner I’ve ever known jerking it to Apple. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t pay attention.

            Anyways, when I play with an iphone, it just works. The software is meant for the hardware, plain and simple. I don’t get force closes and then have to search around on the internet for a fix. I don’t get random reboots. Don’t get me wrong, I love Android for it’s openness, you just can’t deny that the iPhone is a great device… because of its lack of severe fragmentation.

          • Anonymous

            So you getting FC’s means there’s a problem with fragmentation? That’s a problem with the app + the android market, not the OS version you’re running. A good argument for the app store, but there are pros and cons with both systems. “It simply works” only means that you’re limited to just that. You don’t even have the ability, should you desire, to run apps that may not be fully polished but offer new or better ideas.

          • Andrew Hewitt

            Considering each app has to be developed to work OPTIMALLY on EACH version of Android (or else there will be force closes and bugs here and there), then yes, it means that fragmentation is the reason behind these issues. Duh.

          • Anonymous

            So you getting FC’s means there’s a problem with fragmentation? That’s a problem with the app + the android market, not the OS version you’re running. A good argument for the app store, but there are pros and cons with both systems. “It simply works” only means that you’re limited to just that. You don’t even have the ability, should you desire, to run apps that may not be fully polished but offer new or better ideas.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=24413858 Randy Havens

            1) Great job using Crapple’s favorite saying… “It just works”. Problem with that model is that it’s very limited. If something doesn’t work 100% the way that Apple wants it to work, you don’t get the choice to run it. “It just works” is nice for people who aren’t tech savvy. For people like us (I’m assuming, since we are all on an Android news/forum site) who are tech savvy, it’s nice to have choices, and therefore potentially more power, in our devices.

            2) As Higher_Ground points out “You don’t even have the ability, should you desire, to run apps that may not be fully polished but offer new or better ideas.” This means that should developers want to “Beta test” their software to perfect it, they don’t really have that option.

            3) If you want to promote the iCrap so much, why are you trolling so much on an android site?

          • Celtic Smile 762

            lol You don’t own my iPhone. The worst app I have for force closing is safari and several other payed apps that I have freeze and need to be closed manually. I also have to reboot my phone weekly. This is on a stock phone. Apple does have the luxury of a narrow playing field but it is not a guarantee of anything. I think what you will see more and more with Apple products is a reverse fragmentation where Apple builds in “fragmentation” to force customers to upgrade there hardware and software more often. They make some nice products but naked truth is becoming more apparent with each iteration of there hardware: profit is based on growth and growth demands early obsolescence.

    • EC8CH

      This comment fails

      • Andrew Hewitt

        That was a truly thoughtful argument.

        • EC8CH

          How ironically sarcastic… that’s exactly how I feel about your original comment :-P

          • Andrew Hewitt

            Haha it’s a hell of a lot more insight than “this comment fails”. Sorry keyboard cowboy!

          • EC8CH

            “How bout we work on getting gingerbread to more than ONE phone first? k thx.”

            This comment displays your total lack of knowledge regarding android and Google role in distributing it’s source code to device manufactures.

            “This comment fails”

            This comments succinctly sums up said total lack of knowledge.

          • Andrew Hewitt

            “This comment displays your total lack of knowledge regarding android and Google’s role in distributing it’s source code to device manufactures.”

            This comment displays your total misunderstanding of the original intent of my argument, which was to be directed at manufacturers. I clearly didn’t address either the manufacturers or Google in my argument however, which leads me to believe that you could interpret it to be directed at Google, so I understand.

            But I hope you sleep well tonight for putting me in my place!

          • EC8CH

            I’m glad we could work through this.

            Since your comment was on a post regarding Google’s plans for android as described by Eric Schmidt, it seemed natural that you were referring to Google in your comment.

            I am kinda sleepy now though :-)

          • Luisito_b93

            Tdyudrfihobu

  • Mrpicolas

    Makes sense you put a sandwich together. (See what I did there?)

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

      I was going to say the same thing. It’s for sure Ice cream Sandwich !~

    • DBEvans

      mmmm … honey gellato between two gingerbread cookies …

  • http://twitter.com/cnpalmer75 Ben

    Andoid needs to run defrag.exe -f

  • Evanjrichter

    Lucky you’re going to io! Tickets sold out before I was excused from class!

  • Mike

    Yum! Gingercomb! Or Honeybread!

    • Anonymous

      instead of Ice Cream Sandwich: Ice Cream Honeybread!

  • PyroHoltz

    If the name ends up being Ice Cream Sandwich, it’ll end up just being shortened to Ice Cream anyway….drop the Sandwich.

  • Anonymous

    Yummy.. Ha.. But seriously.. The fragmentation continues..

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, all that choice really gets old.

      If you care about updates, get a dev device (Nexus, Droid 1, XOOM).