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Eric Schmidt On Android Releases: Gingerbread & Honeycomb Are Current..

Although we’ve already heard that the next release of Android will be called Ice Cream Sandwich, Eric Schmidt clarified the Google Android releases today in the Q&A portion of his keynote address.

Schmidt said that there are two very distinct current versions of Android, Gingerbread which is for phones and Honeycomb which is for tablets.  He then made the connection between Gingerbread, the letter G, and desert and also Honeycomb, the letter H and desert. Of course we all knew this already. He however went on to say that the next version of Android would combine the best of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb, be a desert and start with the letter “I”.

What really bothers us about these being the “current” releases is that Google should stop allowing manufacturers to release phones with lesser versions once they say the new version is current. So yes the Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Galaxy S 4g, all these phones which will launch in the coming weeks are, according to Schmidt, not running the current version of Android and therefore outdated.

Schmidt also said they would release on 6 month cycles. You may remember last year under pressure it was reported that Google was slowing down to annual releases.

Here’s the thing though. In the press materials for at this mornings HTC press conference it said the new HTC Facebook phones the Cha-Cha (Slide) and (the chips and) Salsa would be running Android 2.4, Gingerbread.

Hopefully there will be more clarity on this later.

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