Android Jelly Bean Could Follow Ice Cream Sandwich

Each time a new version of Android is released, Google jump up to the next letter of the alphabet to choose the name of it. It started at version 1.0 (which was called Android) and was then followed by Banana Bread, Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The next version has been confirmed as Ice Cream Sandwich and is due out in the next 8 weeks or so. We now hear that the version after that will be called Android Jelly Bean.

Ice Cream Sandwich will be the OS that brings the tablet and smartphone (Honeycomb and Gingerbread) together. We can only assume at this point that Android Jelly Bean (not a confirmed name just yet) will be an enhancement rather than a big change like Ice Cream Sandwich will be.

It isn’t clear when Google will launch Android Jelly Bean, but as they are now slowing down the development cycle we don’t expect to see it till 3rd or perhaps even the 4th quarter next year.

As well as not knowing a launch date, we also don’t know the version number yet. Ice Cream Sandwich has been rumoured to be Android 4.0 which could hint at Jelly Bean being 4.1 if a minor update or 5.0 if a larger update. But, with not knowing Ice Cream Sandwich yet then there’s no real chance of being able to figure out what Jelly Bean will be.

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