By Joe Levi | April 3, 2011 8:30 PM
For those searching from the U.S. today, Google‘s “doodle” features an olde-fashioned Ice Cream Sundae because it’s reportedly the 119th anniversary of the “first documented” Ice Cream Sundae. If you’ll pardon the pun, that’s where things get sticky. Apparently there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding where the “first” Sundae was made. The controversy isn’t new, the disagreement has been around for quite some time. So why would Google go on-record and take sides now? More importantly, what does a Google doodle about a Sundae have to do with smartphones?
If don’t already know, Google code-names their Android operating systems after desserts: Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb. What’s next? We assume it’s going to be Ice Cream related, but have heard from various sources that “Ice Cream” and “Frozen Yogurt” are probably too similar, and “Ice Cream Sandwich” may be the preferred name.
Let’s switch gears to smartphones for a moment. Gingerbread 2.3.3 is the most recent version of Android for smartphones. Honeycomb 3.0.1 is the most recent version for tablets. To add some more variety to the mix, Google TV runs Android as well. Each of these platforms is similar, but each is significantly different as well.
We’ve been told that the next version of Android (which some are calling Android 2.4, others 3.1, and some 4.0) will unify at least the smartphone and tablet variants. Recently there has been some speculation about Google TV joining the trunk and becoming unified with the core Android OS as well.
Back to today’s doodle. Brandon and I threw some ideas back and forth and think that Google may be hinting at the next version of Android being “Ice Cream Sundae”, which like the dessert is a combination of a lot of flavors and toppings all in one delicious treat.
Could Google be bringing not only tablet and smartphone versions together, but TV as well? All under one operating system?
If so, combine that with the functionality of the Motorola Atrix with its ability to display content on larger screens such as their laptop dock and virtually any sized TV via via HDMI. Other devices could take advantage of this new functionality by outputting audio and video via Wi-Fi using DLNA. Doing so could bring Google TV to every smartphone running the new version, in true multi-toppings “Sundae” tradition.
What do you think? Is Google just doodling around with something to appeal to our sweet-tooth? Or could there be a deeper, hidden message? Let us know in the comments!