The next version of Android operating system will be known as Ice Cream Sandwich, a posting by Google engineer Romain Guy has indicated.
It is expected to be version 3.1 of Android, and is likely to be a merger of smartphone and tablet operating systems.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, had recently indicated that the name of the next version of Android would start with ‘I’ or may even be ‘Ice Cream. Even Android chief Andy Rubin had dropped some hints about it in an interview with a news website some time back.
The earlier versions of Android are called Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo (Frozen Yogurt), Gingerbread and Honeycomb. As users may notice, all the versions are named after desserts, and Ice Cream Sandwich could be a new addition to the list.
Honeycomb is the only version that has been created specifically for tablets. The use of the word ‘Sandwich’ also suggests that it could be a combination of smartphone and tablet operating systems.