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.

The source, speaking with Pocket Lint and refusing to allow the public to know their name or affiliation, Android 2.4 will be announced somewhere around Google’s IO conference at the beginning of May 2011. This of course puts to rest the idea that Honeycomb will be released as 2.4 – especially since it was just announced as 3.0, but I have a bit of wonder in my mind on why they’d go from 2.3 to 3.0 then back to 2.4, unless they don’t plan on advancing past 2.9 with Android for mobile phones? We shall see.

[Via Pocket Lint]


  1. Simple: They still haven’t found a way to merge the phone version and the new tablet version of the UI. The new UI will be 3.x and the current one 2.x!

  2. It may seem like you’re seeing a decimal point in “Android 2.4”, but you’re not. It doesn’t mean “two and four tenths of something”.

    If there’s a successor to 2.9, it will be 2.10.

    That said, the split between “Android 2” and “Android 3” does seem a little odd to me.

  3. And my Captivate is still using Eclair. Eclair!! When, AT&T? When will we at least get Froyo?! Or better yet, skip it over entirely and just go straight to Honeycomb!

    That’d be nice, instead of just lying to everybody who purchased one that “the first upgrade should be around September”. Little did we know they meant September of 2011…

  4. Thanks Shmoopty and Arnaud – could you guys pick a little bit MORE difficult to type names? lol. I wish they’d just use letters – oh wait they’re doing that too!

    Mikey, agree.

  5. My theory as that we will see:

    Android for Mobile Devices (Will continue on, and maybe even see our own Gingerbread 2.4 with certain updates based off additions in the Android for Tablets)

    Android for Tablets (Starting with 3.0 and based off of Android for Mobile Devices)

    Then on each receiving it’s own updates.

  6. Also Karvis, I know Gingerbread will work for phones, but they’ve ported basically every OS under the sun into the Nexus S, doesn’t mean it makes sense to use it.

  7. I think I know what Donalds source is, A Couple days ago they leaked the Sony Ericsson Arc running “android 2.4 Gingerbread” up until recently it was announced a typing error and it is actually just “android 2.3 Gingerbread: so their is no 2.4 Gingerbread, but 2.4 Ice Cream.

  8. @Jordan, notice that each release is given a name with a letter revelvant to the alphabet, in alphabetical order.

    Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream.

    Now, what your proposing, it what I see proposed in this article, is that the current, 3.0 Honeycomb, is for tablets only As stated int he launch video,) and then mobile devices will skip Honeycomb and go on to Ice Cream.

    Meaning Android for Mobile Devices, skipped ahead; name, and # wise.

  9. Why would they have a concurrent alphabetical naming scheme for two different OS’s with two different number schemes (2.x vs 3.x) for use on different platforms (mobile vs tablet)?

    i.e. “H” comes after “G”, but it’s a different platform so it gets a different number so then we’re going back to “I” which is compatible with “G” but not “H” so back to old numbering. “J” (jello?) may be a continuation of the “H”-line (3.1) or the “G”-line (2.5). Stay tuned!

    Seems like a recipe (pun intended) for confusion.


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