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Honeycomb features such as action bar, app switcher and hologram design will come to our phones in Ice Cream

February 17, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson

Android OS, Google

Ice Cream

Like Andrew mentioned in his report about Eric Schmidt’s MWC keynote, Google’s next version of Android will combine Gingerbread and Honeycomb, so there will not be separate versions for phones and tablets. I think that’s good news, and now a few more details have emerged about which Honeycomb features we’re going to see on our phones.

I’m sure you’ve noticed this already, but all Android versions are named after pastries and desserts and the names are in alphabetical order starting from “a” as in Android: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. For a long time we’ve heard about the next version of Android being called Ice Cream, and it’s more or less confirmed now. Phone Scoop has spoken to Google’s Android Engineering Director Dave Burke, and he provided a few details about which Honeycomb features our phones are going to get:

  • The contextual “action bar” at the top of screen will be used on phones as well.
  • The system bar at the bottom of the screen might not make it to our handsets (probably a good thing).
  • Phones will get the “hologram” design of Honeycomb, so it remains to be seen if Ice Cream on handsets even will resemble Gingerbread.
  • Honeycomb’s new multitasking task switcher that shows a snapshot of each running app, kind of like the cards in webOS, will be a feature on phones as well.

I personally feel that the best news here is that Ice Cream powered phones are going to get the new visual task switcher – I think it will be a great improvement over the current one. That’s all we know for now. How do you feel about Ice Cream being an OS for both phones and tablets?

Via [Engadget, Phone Scoop]