As you probably know by now, versions of the Android OS tend to be alphabetically named and include some sort of reference to a dessert. Therefore, it was only reasonable to assume that the version of Android following Honeycomb would be called "Ice Cream."

However, according to Andy Rubin, that is not the case - instead, the name will be "Ice Cream Sandwich."

We still don't know Ice Cream Sandwich's version number, the features it will introduce, or anything else about it, but for those of you interested in the reason behind the name, TechCrunch has a pretty good theory: Google's statue for Android 2.2 includes frozen yogurt, which would be pretty hard to distinguish from ice cream. Therefore, tacking "sandwich" onto the end of the name will enable them to create a statue for this version of Android without having it look virtually identical to Froyo's sculpture.

Whatever the case is, one thing's for sure: we can't wait to see it! 

Source: TechCrunch

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • KS

    Finally some real news for the day! ymm ice cream sandwich

  • dp

    The "sandwich" portion needs to be cut, that's a mouthful.

  • Namesansenoy

    Then why don't you marry an icecream sandwich!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSS

  • abeee

    awesome. I love it !!
    the "sandwich" part ties in with the girlfriend/wife internet joke.

    should be "ice cream sammich" for extra :thumbsup:

  • Jim

    Just adds to the Android OS confusion, fragmentation. Let's just go ahead and start talking Jelly Roll, Kustard, Lemon Drop, etc.. Just a Google diversion.

    • Shinsen

      I've come to the conclusion that there are very few people who understand what fragmentation really is. Very few of those actually understand why it's potentially harmful. Sir, I believe you to be in neither of these groups.

      It's as boring to hear 'android fragmentation' as it is to hear about the iphone's antenna problem. Especially since every OS suffers from it, from DOS to Windows, NextStep to OSX. Developers deal with it.

      Google addresses this perfectly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1oOFrMwQHc#t=42:33

  • Cesar

    What about "Ice Cream Chicken Sangwich"

  • David

    Hi! When I read this post I remember about a game in the Android Market called Extreme Droid Jump. In this game, the creator present the different versions of Android with Icons: Cupcake 1.5, Donut 1.6, Eclair 2.1, Frozen Yogurt or Froyo 2.2, Gingerbread Man 2.3, Honeycomb 3.0 and for the intriguing one, the Ice Cream version, the creator add an Ice Cream Cone. In my opinion, this should be the new complete name for the last version and the statue should look like the icon appearing in the game. Take a look of the game, is cool.

  • vernon

    why are we even on this when i devices dont have gingerbread yet? some still going to be upgraded to froyo...this is getting out of control...what happens when all the alphabets have been used up...at the rate google is going this will happen by 2012...we just want sturdy reliable flow of upgrades from google to OEMs to our phones...ice cream my ass all i am concerned about right now is if my desire will get gingerbread and honeycomb...shit!!!

  • http://www.teamaguilar.com REO

    They should focus on bring tablet OS faster than naming new OS versions :)

  • http://yobif.com Yobif

    Android developers are naming OS with their favorite dishes :D

  • BobbyPhoenix

    OH I can totally see how FroYo sounds just like Ice Cream. Soooo alike! Really? REALLY? Stop the stupid names, and just call them by numbers. Android 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, etc... Maybe others should follow? This years Super Bowl will now be called "Orange Gum Drop"!

  • http://www.teamaguilar.com REO

    I like mango's. Let's name it MANGO :)

  • mix

    ICS, wont be an upgrade. they'll make us buy more tablets.