Future Version of Android Called Ice Cream Sandwich
Contrary to popular belief, the next version of the Android mobile operating system will not be Ice Cream; it will be Ice Cream Sandwich.
This news comes from a conversation TechCrunch had with Android chief Andy Rubin last month.
Google uses alphabetized dessert names to chronicle updates to the Android platform. So far we've seen Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo and Gingerbread. Honeycomb (Android 3.0) is supposed to be released early this year, and Ice Cream Sandwich will come after that (though there is some debate as to whether it will be a true successor to Honeycomb or an update to version 2.3 ).
Adding "Sandwich" to the name of the next Android release wasn't just an off-hand decision on Google's part, although the real reason may still seem rather trivial to some. Google puts large fiberglass representations of the desserts on its front lawn before each release, and there's no way to really differentiate a fiberglass bowl of Ice Cream from the oversized Froyo (frozen yogurt) already sitting next to an enormous Donut and a giant Gingerbread man .
Instead, Google will have the pleasure of ordering a fiberglass Ice Cream Sandwich to add to the menagerie, likely sometime this summer.