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Android: Are the release numbers wrong? Honeycomb, Gingerbread

In the midst of an IFA Convention that is surrounded by tablets tablets tablets came about a great question. What is Gingerbread? We heard that Gingerbread was Android 3.0 but that has never officially been confirmed by Mountain View, in fact, as Noah at Phonedog and Will at Intomobile are reporting that Gingberbread may not be Android release number 3.0 and may actually be 2.3 or 2.5, While Honeycomb, first reported here on August 4th with a tip from Androidswag.com’s Aaron Kasten, could be 3.0

The American Mobile and Android Community started talking about this mysterious desert faux pas yesterday after a number of us were present at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Press Conference and the Q&A immediately following. Although most of the mainstream media rushed to the next event, the mobie and Android media stayed put to hear what the Samsung team had to offer.

One of the journalists from Androidpit.com a European Blogsite first asked the question about Honeycomb referencing it as 3.5, then I followed up shortly after with a question about upgradeability of the Galaxy Tab to Gingerbread or Honeycomb to the panel, directed at WP Wong, and were they working on tablets with Honeycomb.  See story here . However A German search for sources on the topic Android 2.3, Gingerbread, revealed these results going back to the middle of July.

So it’s definitely all in a name but it seems that Gingebread will still be a handset release, more or less Froyo somewhat optimized for tablets and larger screens, and honeycomb will be the version of Android that is intended for tablets. My prediction? Froyo will be the desert at the Big Android Barbecue, Gingerbread will come to mobile handsets and devices before the end of the year, and honeycomb will swarm in like a gang of bees at the 2011 Google I/O