The forthcoming Ice Cream Android operating system iteration will bring Honeycomb-esque functionality to handsets, reports suggest.
Officially unveiled amid much fanfare at Google’s press bonanza this week, the Honeycomb version of Android is optimised for tablet computers. New features it adds to the platform include a rather natty 3D U, a wholly revamped browser with tabs and an improved virtual keyboard.
Although it’s now certain that Honeycomb is exclusive to tablets, it seems that smartphones won’t be left out entirely – not if we can believe the testimony of a shadowy inside source who spoke to Phandroid anyway. According to the tech deep throat, Google has already started work on “a new branch of code…that aims to bring some of the new elements found in Honeycomb over to phones”.
Details of when Ice Cream might arrive and which Honeycomb features will make the cut are anyone’s guess right now. But it’s fair to say that tabbed browsing would be top of our wishlist. And the slick new copy and paste method we saw on the Motorola Xoom wouldn’t go amiss either.
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