Android 2.4 (Ice Cream)

Google TV coming to Ice Cream [Rumor]

There's yet another rumor flying around about Android's Ice Cream flavor. Back at Mobile World Congress, Google's outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt said Ice Cream would incorporate elements of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb for the smartphone platform. Now, it seems the rumor mill has thrown Google TV into the mix as well. The idea comes from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Code Branch and there's talk that an announcement may come to Google IO this year. There is also talk that this is why Google has refused to released Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) into the open source community. The drum beats of fragmentation plus the recent malware scares seem to be making Google gun shy, as they're not only holding Honeycomb close to the vest, but there's also talk that Google may be locking down Android altogether. The idea is that with Google TV, Tablets and Smartphones having the same basic code, then it becomes far easier to update and hence, combat the fragmentation issue. It would also free up Google to focus on one product - the Android Open Source Project. But the real question is, will all of this put Google TV in the spotlight where Google intended it to be all along? [via PhanDroid]

Samsung Epic 4G to get some Froyo today

There's now word directly from Samsung that Epic 4G users will finally have the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update they were promised last September. Known as build EB13, the update, will be delivered over-the-air (OTA) and should get to all Epic 4G users by released to all users by week's end. Not only will Epic 4G users enjoy a new flavor of Android, but they will also get additional features that include ability to install apps on external storage, Flash Player 10.1, improved Bluetooth support including voice dialing, and GPS improvements and improved OS performance in general. But the great irony is, with Epic 4G users already complaining about not having vs. 2.3 (Gingerbread) and with Honeycomb's hybrid OS on the horizon, could this be a case of too little too late?

Android 2.x (Ice Cream) to be Honeycomb for smartphones

During his keynote address, Google's outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt clarified speculation that's been buzzing around MWC about the next Android OS for mobile. Schmidt said that for this unnamed future OS (which he says starts with an "I" and is a dessert [Ice Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich, obviously],) Google is going to apply some of the lessons and features learned in writing Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) for tablets. The future will still contain two separate versions of OS, that being a tablet track and a smartphone track, but they'll be much more compatible upon the release of whichever version is next for mobile.

HTC Forest Concept Phone Employs Trackball and Mystery Android OS

Here at Android Community, and indeed at the R3 network as a whole, we really love a good concept here and there, especially when that concept is a bit of industrial design along the lines of a smartphone. We like it DOUBLY when we find out it's an Android phone, just like that's happened here with the HTC Forest, a concept phone by Long-Nong Huang. Before we go any further - can you guess its prospective specs?

Is AT&T adding Froyo support to the Samsung Captivate?

Samsung Captivate fans who have been languishing with older versions of Android can now rejoice as AT&T seems to be gearing up to update the Captivate to Android 2.2 (Froyo).  According to it's support page for the Captivate, users can drill through instructions on how to locate the Captivates firmware version and right there is a reference to firmware version 2.2 running TouchWiz overlaid.  That offers a ray of hope for Captivate users who have seen other handsets, including the Galaxy S scream by with vs. 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Android Ice Cream to Bring Honeycomb to Phones

In a surprise call to Phandroid, an anonymous source "familiar with the matter," as these things often go, has let the world know that Honeycomb will indeed be making its way to handsets, but not in the way anyone expected it to. Instead of evolving Android 2.3 Gingerbread to include elements from Honeycomb, they'll be toasting up an essentially brand new version of Android by the name of, you guessed it, Ice Cream.

Sony Ericsson Dismisses Android 2.4 “Glitch” on Xperia arc

As you might already know, some folks around these internets have been noticing that the brand new Xperia arc has sometimes (basically all the time) been displaying Android version 2.4. What's that, it's running Ice Cream, you say? Nay. As Sony Ericsson rep Rikard Skogberg notes in a brand new Q and A (plus demo video), any number displayed on the phone above 2.3 is a misconfiguration in the sample phone whoever sees it is using. He notes that this is "nothing to get too excited about really, sorry."

Android 2.4 Ice Cream Coming This Summer

Just in time for the heat to require such tasty treats! An anonymous source has reported that Android 2.4 Ice Cream will be released right around the June / July summer time of the year THIS year, 2011. As you may already know, the name fits as the alphabetical names do add up to an I: Doughnut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, then Ice Cream.