Speculation into the code name for Google’s next Android release has been touching on all things ice cream; we’ve heard just plain-old “ice cream”, “ice cream sandwich”, and most recently considered “ice cream sundae”. So far, there’s been nothing close to an official confirmation from Google in any of those directions. That is, until yesterday, when Google’s Romain Guy seems to have acknowledged that the next Android release will be called Ice Cream Sandwich.
Commenting on a bug report in Honeycomb, Guy responded with the message “A bug fix will be provided in Ice Cream Sandwich.” This is interesting for a Honeycomb bug, as we understand ICS to refer to a future Android 2.x release, integrating Honeycomb functionality with Android for smartphones. That isn’t to say that it also won’t be resolved in the next Android 3.x release; hopefully Google’s first ICS announcement will go a long way to clearing up the future paths for Android on both tablets and smartphones.
Part of the logic that made Ice Cream Sandwich seem like a preferable choice to a more traditional depiction of ice cream is in how it could be differentiated from frozen yogurt. Any way you slice it (scoop it), it would be hard to tell apart ice cream from Froyo, which beat it to the Android punch. An ice cream-based novelty, on the other hand, makes for a perfect, non-confusing fit.