While current handsets are only just starting to get official Gingerbread updates from Google, the big talking point now is when are Google going to push out their next major release of Android to devices.
That major release we’re talking about is Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and it has been reported that Google are now starting to prepare this version for release, once again starting on tablet devices with rollouts happening towards the end of this month and throughout August.
Unsurprisingly, the Motorola Xoom is set to be the first handset to receive the latest version of Google Android, as confirmed in a report over at CNET. New features confirmed so far include full support for SD cards, and a viewing enhancement called ‘zoom to fill’ which will apparently let Xoom owners zoom in on a particular subject with greater detail.
While it’s great that tablets such as the Motorola Xoom are already starting to get the Android 3.2 update, many consumers will want to know when Google will start rolling out 3.x updates for handsets, as phones are yet to move from the Gingerbread firmware and consumers can argue that future handsets coming out in 2011 should be worthy of a brand new OS to use.
It looks unlikely that current handsets will get 3.2 by the end of this year, but we’ll be pleasantly surprised if the Droid Bionic, expected this Summer comes with a newer firmware than Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Google has stated in the past that 3.0 will eventually come to handsets, but there doesn’t appear to be any sign of it coming soon.
Will Google change their minds and just bump up updates from 2.3 Gingerbread to say 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for phones? This way they can keep their tablet firmware updates specific to 3.0, but Ice Cream Sandwich will be a different best altogether as it’s touted as being a merge of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb, so we’re guessing releases will happen simultaneously between both tablets and smartphones this time.
One handset that should definitely come with a newer version of Android than Gingerbread is the Nexus 4G, as whispers are suggesting that Ice Cream Sandwich will be the OS of choice for this elusive device. As we mentioned above though, consumers are only just getting used to Gingerbread on their devices, but it remains an interesting few months for sure for those eager for the taste of a new version of Android.
How do you feel about Google and their current rollout of Android updates? Do you feel ready for the next version after Gingerbread, and what do you think the chances are of Honeycomb making it out to say the Droid Bionic by the end of 2011?