Android Ice Cream getting Honeycomb skills

New version of Google OS in the works

Google gets to work on new iteration of operating system.

Google has publicly stated that it’s only just started thinking about bringing some of Android 3.0 Honeycomb’s features to smartphones. Privately though, it’s already begun work on a new build of its operating system that will let phone owners get a taste of Honeycomb.

Dubbed GRI17 and codenamed Ice Cream (as has previously been reported by us here at T3 Towers), the new variant promises not only to bring Honeycomb-based features to Android phones, but also puts paid to any idea that Honeycomb itself will ever land on a mobile rather than a slate.

Ice Cream is unlikely to break out into the wild for some time. The Big G is said to be keen to spread out its OS releases in order to stop customer confusion and give mobile makers more time to stick new versions of the software on their phones.

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Via Phandroid