Despite the fact that up until now, it’s been a widespread belief that the codenamed Honeycomb update to the Android platform would be a pretty significant one, if these new rumors pan out, that may not be true at all. In fact, the Honeycomb update is now being said to be just Android 2.4, and specifically, Google is looking to hold off that 3.0 update until they’ve got something huge ready to give out.

The new rumor popped up recently, stemming from a developer that has been working on several different versions of the mobile Operating System. According to this developer, Google wants to make sure that when Android 3.0 hits, it’s a significant upgrade, and not a minor one. We’re not sure that with all of the changes that Honeycomb has in store for the user (like no physical buttons, and being tablet-centric), we’d necessarily call it a minor update, but it’s not up to us.

What may not be as surprising, though, is the timeframe that Google is supposedly looking at launching Honeycomb. According to the rumor, we could see Android 2.4 announced as early as February. That would probably mean we’d get a bit more of an official look at Motorola’s Honeycomb-powered tablet, as well as other devices running the newest version of the OS. If 2.4 is Honeycomb, then Ice Cream could indeed be 3.0.

[via TechRadar]