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?