There has been a lot of criticism that the Android platform is fragmented with lots of different versions running on even the same model of handset. The next release Ice Cream Sandwich was recently revealed by Eric Schmidt to becoming as early as next month. But the company is already working on the next version of the software, which is allegedly going to be called Android Jelly Bean and is thought to bring game changing features.
Redmond Pie is reporting Google will continue the trend for naming different versions of its Android operating systems after sweets that begun in 2008. Currently there isn’t much known about the features of the Jelly Bean version, but the source has been assuring that it will bring “Game Changing Stuff”. This could mean a variety of things and hopefully will be more than just another different layout.
At present there is no version number for Jelly Bean yet, which is also the case for the next version Ice Cream Sandwich. There isn’t that much known about that version yet except it has been designed for smartphones and tablet devices. Currently we have Gingerbread that was designed with smartphones in mind, and Honeycomb that was for tablet devices. Ice Cream Sandwich is set to change all that and work for both types of device.
Google hasn’t revealed much about the next version of Android officially but there has been some leaked screenshots. These hint at a refined and improved interface that will see some of Honeycomb brought to the smartphone.
It remains to be seen what Jelly Bean will bring though but there are still some Android handsets waiting to receive Gingerbread. Hopefully with Ice Cream Sandwich and then Jelly Bean recent devices will be updated quicker and be less fragmented. The operating system has come a long way since it was first released towards the end of 2008, and is a genuine rival to the iPhone’s iOS.
Are you on Android and what do you think of it?