Aug 19 AT 1:29 PM Sean Riley 26 Comments

Honeycomb will be the next stop for Android after Gingerbread

Speculation regarding the “H” dessert name for the Android OS update to follow after Gingerbread has been ongoing for quite awhile and TechRadar is reporting that they now have confirmation from multiple sources that Honeycomb is the gooey treat that’s getting called up to the show.

Sadly there are no new details at the moment to accompany the name, but with Gingerbread due out by the end of the year we shouldn’t have too much longer to wait before at least some information starts trickling in on its successor. That is unless of course Google is ready to start slowing down their release schedule already.

The Android OS is reaching a maturity at this point which leaves fewer and fewer holes to be filled by the updates. Froyo made significant under the hood improvements with speeds increased in the OS in general as well as the browser. Gingerbread is rumored to be aimed at cleaning up the aesthetics and user interface of Android while also possibly setting some minimum standards and bringing tablets officially into the fold.

So realizing that we still don’t know the whole of what will be encompassed by Gingerbread what do you see as being the focus for Honeycomb?

Source: TechRadar

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Zacqary Adam Green

    Honeycomb is when Android phones will gain self-awareness and band together to form a world-dominating hive mind.

    Get it? Hive mind? Honeycomb? Lololololololololololololololololol.

    • Sean Riley

      The time for Skynet is finally upon us?

      Great, I just caught Terminator Salvation a couple nights ago and now I’m going to have “You are the resistance” stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

      • http://Website Lars

        “This is John Connor, if you are reading this on your android device, you are the resistance”

    • Dr.Jeckyl

      I welcome our pleasant green overlords.

    • http://Website Joe

      Resistance is futile

      • http://Website Lars

        said the apple to the 10 feet android ;-)

  • ayocuz

    All jokes aside I hope gingerbread really delivers a better than apple experience.the momentum of android is ground breaking. I love android

    • http://Website telos104

      It will if u can get it on your damn fone…lol. I think most Android fones still don’t have 2.2 and many don’t even have 2.1…

    • kungpaodragon

      What do you mean? It already is better than iPhone.

  • droidbase

    Mobile 3D would be a great feauture. ;)
    Android is almost perfect. I dont miss any features.

  • dr3amcast3r

    and… Most likely the old phones will be left out, as it as been since 1.6. II the proud owner of a Mytouch 3G, never root it or install a cooked rom on it and HTC (or google for that matter) didn’t even had the decency of releasing a install file for the newer versions.
    It’s like “You bought and support Android when it came out, we really appreciate that, but if you the new versions you have to buy another 400$ mobile phone.”
    It feels like we, the owner of G1 and other older Android phones, are just being dumped by the companies.
    And I really thought that Google was different than this :(

    • Nick Gray

      I know that it’s disappointing that the first generation phones will probably not get Froyo or Honeycomb. The problem is, if HTC of Google spend a lot of time and effort trying to port newer versions of the OS to old hardware, it takes them away from working on new software and hardware.

      It’s nice to have the latest version of Android, but there’s nothing wrong with Android 1.6. and 1.5. They might have fewer features, but they are still functional.

      Just remember, when you buy a computer, you get the OS that is came with, nothing more. If you want to upgrade to newer software, you need to buy it and there’s no actual guarantee that the software will work properly with your hardware.

      • http://Website telos104

        tru…but w/ a PC or Mac even, at least u can buy it (assuming it’ll run it)

      • http://Website Daniel

        The comparison with computers is flawed: new OS releases typically take no less than 3 years, and you still get service packs and similar updates for free. The difference between Android 1.5 and 1.6 is comparable to what you get on a Windows SP or an OS X revision upgrade, yet many devices were abandoned.

        Plus, if producing new devices and maintaining old devices consumes so many resources, perhaps it’s time to create less devices? Sacrifice quantity and favor quality. I’m not saying they have to cut to one single device per year, but the rhythm HTC and Motorola are releasing new Android phones (not counting non-Android ones!) right now is pretty ridiculous. Most of those phones offer nothing new, and are just rehashes of whatever they have already released, and contribute to the inevitable public’s feeling that their phone is obsoleted in just a few months. Even something like two devices per semester (for example, one high-tier and one mid-tier) would be a big improvement on this front.

        In this area, I think Apple is doing a much better job: even if your phone is old, at least you can trust it’ll receive software updates for a few years. But I’m sure OHA manufacturers will eventually catch up to that, at worst with Gingerbread and its rumored minimum specs.

        • kungpaodragon

          What does the number of variety of devices even have to do with the development of Android…? But just to comment anyway, competition makes for better product. Not like anyone’s forcing to buy them all… If you don’t like them, there is always the closed platform one and only iPhone.

          • http://Website Daniel

            It has to do that, if you have 30 different phone models, you obviously won’t be able to support them all. The support costs alone are prohibitive.

            Say what you want about Apple, but this is the first time in 3 years that they’re dropping support for a model, and I applaud them for that. No Android has lasted a single full year yet. When I bought my G1, I honestly expected at least two years of support, now I have to wait for a stable 2.x third-party firmware that is yet to happen, just so my phone can run most of Google’s newer apps. (Obviously, this is not the fault of the ROM developers, but that there’s no official drivers for 2.x.)

      • dr3amcast3r

        But if I get my 10 years old laptop and put ubuntu 10.04 on it it will work ;) and I don’t need to root my laptop or void the guaranty if the laptop has less than 2 years ;)

    • kungpaodragon

      What is the point of software updates if the hardware can’t handle it? That is the nature of it. Android updates (so far) are not just improvements of existing features, but also major upgrades and additions that take advantage of new and better hardwares that become available. If Google has to keep worrying about devices with old hardware, the platform will never grow. I suppose it can be implemented to be “backward compatible”, but now you’re adding complexities to the software where it is smart enough to know what can or cannot be available based on the type of device. That degrades the integrity of the software. Besides, what is the point if your phone can’t handle it anyway?

      I had the original G1 and it was great when it came out. Then Android started to get new features. I was able to put new versions on it through custom ROM, but eventually there is just no point because the software had outgrown the device. Then I got a Nexus One, which has the hardware to really take advantage of the current version of Android.

      To say future versions of Android needs to support old phones is like asking Microsoft to continue to release Windows 7 on floppy disks because your PC only has a floppy drive.

  • http://Website Barry

    I’m sure security will be one of the top concerns given the new threat identified by Kaspersky.

  • http://Website Hmm

    36% of Android phones have yet to receive Eclair. An additional 60% of phones are waiting on FroYo. We know almost nothing about “Gingerbread,” and early rumors suggest that a large portion of phones on the market will not receive the update.

    Just offering a bit of perspective on the practice of speculating two versions ahead :P

  • http://Website carl

    i think the reason first generation phones don’t get the updates because the lack of hardware not because they don’t want to bring it to the devices. you have to remember phones and technology are changing dramastically in short period of times. i own the moto droid x and i envy those phones who have froyo already. i’m excited to see what these updates do for me. i already feel android phones far surpass apples lame iphone. i love android.

    • http://Website Daniel

      Perhaps this will be true for future versions (minimum specs rumor and all), but right now, pretty much any device besides the 192 MB models (G1 and Magic 32B) is perfectly capable of running 2.2, some of them being even better than devices that are still scheduled for a future release. Seriously, you’re just making up an excuse for their incompetence.

  • http://Website Not Impressed

    How about more focus on Android gaming. With what I’ve seen so far, I’m, well, not impressed.

  • http://Website adam

    well said at not impressed

  • http://Website Shiran

    It is NOT Google’s fault that each and every device has yet to be upgraded to the latest android version. As Google distributes Android on a open source licence, the manufacturer of the Device has full control of what you get and what you don’t. Thats at least my understanding how Android works. Please comment if I’ve got it wrong. So if you want timely updates you should be wise and buy the nexus one (thats what I did) otherwize be ready to put up with the manufacturers bs. Should Google pressurize the device manufacturers to update their line up to the latest version, ya they should as we trust Google, but do the manufacturer have to listen, no not really.

  • http://Website A’s Fan

    Nexus one is my first smart phone and most likely would be my last unless 4 G is becoming more mature with better speed for uploading and downloading. As N1 has served my needs of turning it to a mobile WiFi hotspots for my other mobile devices.

    It would be a bonus for my N1 if Honeycomb can be run on it. But I doubt it very much as the objectives of Honeycomb are geared for Home Entertainment and Games. Defintely, a bigger display and a more cpu and gpu power are required.

    My next toy would be either 7″ or 10″ tab, hopefully Google might have one similar to Nexus one for development or experimental purposes.