Google has developed a bit of tradition in the years since Android launched. The company has been naming each new build of the mobile operating system after a sweet dessert, progressing through a delectable world of treats in alphabetical order.
For the last few months, we've been looking forward to the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich, which Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt promises is coming in October or November of this year. A mashup of Android 3.0, codename Honeycomb, and Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, the idea behind Ice Cream Sandwich is to try to bring the same build to both tablets and smartphones. This weekend, the folks over at This Is My Next are reporting that Google has already got plans for Android post-Ice Cream Sandwich.
Chris Ziegler cites a source that says Jelly Bean is next on the menu over at Google. What's more interesting is that this 'trusted source' also says that several of the "game-changing features" planned for Ice Cream Sandwich have been delayed and will instead arrive with Jelly Bean. Google hasn't talked much about what we can expect with Ice Cream Sandwich but the fact that it's supposed to combat Android fragmentation by bringing both the tablet and smartphone versions together suggests that it's an important build. It would be disappointing if ICS turned out to be nothing more than a freshened up version of older Android builds.
However, all is not lost. Since Ziegler's initial post went live, a second source has chimed in regarding the name and nature of ICS. This person said that while 'Jelly Bean' moniker is definitely in the running, the final 'J' codename hasn't yet been decided. Furthermore, the source, also said to be well regarded, says that Ice Cream Sandwich will still be a pretty big release, complete with "some fairly major architectural, functional, and design changes."
With Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner, excitement is building regarding the first handsets to run the OS. Among the first is thought to be the Samsung-built Nexus Prime.