For whatever reason, Google likes giving new versions of the Android operating system (OS) names that relate to treats. We’ve had names like Cupcake, Eclair, Froyo & Gingerbread, and now we’re getting ready for Honeycomb. Why do I keep picturing a box of cereal? Will the next version be named Boo Berry? I would totally get behind a version of Android named Boo Berry.
While we know Gingerbread is the “codename” (is it really a codename when the company actually announces it?) for Android 3.0, thus far Google isn’t even confirming Honeycomb as being a real name, let alone what iteration of the Android OS this would be. With Gingerbread expected in the fall, it isn’t too surprising that they are already looking beyond that to the next version of the operating system, and I am sure in due time we will hear the official “codename”.
The big question is will this new version favor smartphones or tablets? Manufacturers are starting to release their Android-powered tablets, but to truly take on Apple’s iPad, the power of the OS is going to need to be ramped up as opposed to the same thing that powers your phone just being displayed on a larger screen.
This is something that has been puzzling me for some time now is the Chrome OS we’re supposed to be seeing in the not so distant future is supposed to be for tablets and netbooks, but yet people are throwing Android on to any old device they can think of. This is basically causing Google to compete with itself in the mobile computing space, and it makes you wonder if there will be any room for the Chrome OS once it is finally released.
Either way, get the milk out, and prepare to enjoy some Honeycomb over the next few months … and then start lobbying for Boo Berry.