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MWC 2011: Android Ice Cream is 'Honeycomb & Gingerbread hybrid'

MWC 2011: Android Ice Cream is 'Honeycomb & Gingerbread hybrid'

The next smartphone iteration of the Android platform will team elements of the tablet-optimised Honeycomb version with the existing Gingerbread edition for handsets, Google has confirmed.

Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer at the search giant, outlined his plans for the forthcoming Ice Cream iteration of Android, which will be smartphones only, in a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tech expo.

Schmidt stated: “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.”

The Google mover and shaker also acknowledged the problems of fragmentation that have blighted the platform, caused by a profusion of new versions of the OS being pushed out too quickly.

To tackle this, Schmidt is planning to streamline updates so that they appear twice a year only “roughly on a six month cycle”.

It’s hoped this will give manufacturers and networks time to ensure their custom skins and services work smoothly with the new versions of the platform.

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