According to Forbes, the codename for Google’s 4.0 firmware of the Android operating system will be codenamed “Ice Cream”, following the alphabetical naming procedure used by the search giant, to follow Gingerbread (3.0) and Honeycomb (3.5).
Google has a history of naming its software revisions after desserts, so far we have had Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0) and FroYo (2.2), the latest has been available since May and is due to make way for Gingerbread when the company decides to release it to the world.
Forbes extracted the codename from ARM President Tudor Brown, president of a company that licenses the technology for 95% of the worlds smartphone processors. ARM employees will work alongside processor manufacturers and Google themselves to help fine-tune the OS to run at its optimum capacity, so it makes sense that the English technology company would be aware of such information.
It is expected that “Ice Cream” will make its debut in mid-September, Gingerbread will launch at the end of this year and Honeycomb at the start of next year. We look forward to seeing how Google visualise the codename when they produce sculptures of their software on the front lawn of its HQ.