There are several versions of the Android OS in play now. There is Gingerbread officially known as Android 2.3. Google’s Android Gingerbread introduces a collection of improvements to the operating system, both on the surface and under the hood. The most significant core changes — in terms of what will directly affect users — revolve around four main areas: Faster speed, better Android battery life, better application management, and an updated user interface.
Honeycomb, or Android 3.0, is a big step toward the unified, mobile world that Google is trying to bring to us. Why? Because Google hopes to have, a tablet-ready version of the Android operating system, which it hopes can beat back Apple’s iOS and the iPad. Up to now, all the Android tablets that have shipped have used a modified version of the OS found in a typical Android smartphone. The problem with the Android OS on the tablet is that it looks and acts like stretched out versions of a handset. But that is not what people want in their tablets. So along comes Honeycomb, which is an overhaul to the Android OS, and it changes that perception.
As Google is near to issue the release of the XOOM tablet sometime this week, the Android focus shifts to the horizon beyond Honeycomb. What will happen beyond Android 3.0? Are handsets ever going to see Honeycomb, or what? Will there be two different versions of the same OS? As it turns out, the answer is a little of both.
Well Ice-Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the next iteration of Android should resemble both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Why the combination? Well, as you might expect, not everything will be the same on phones and tablets. That is because scaling up a phone experience to a larger tablet screen has not worked well. So the next version, Ice-Cream should be a version that sits well with both phones and tablets.