Google has just launched its “iPad killing” version of Android for the tablet market.
The mega powerful Motorola Xoom will be the first device to use the new platform – Android 3.0 or Honeycomb as it will be known.
So why ‘Honeycomb’? Well all of the Android platforms have been given names that refer to desserts or sweet treats. They are also in alphabetical order – Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0/2.1), Fro-yo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3) and now Honeycomb (3.0). Presumably they started with a ‘C’ because there were two previous versions of Android on the market. The next iteration of the platform is rumoured to be called ‘Ice-Cream’ and is slated for release in the middle of this year.
So why the names. Well it’s quite simple. According to Mike Chan ex-Android Systems Team & Power Management Lead “Desserts make for a tasty team treat when the release ships. Seriously.”