Android Jelly Bean will follow Ice Cream Sandwich?

Google's alphabetical desserts get to J, but will ICS features be rolled over to the bean?
Darren Allan

September 14, 2011
Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Want to know what’s next on the dessert menu from Google?

Of course, that’s Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0, probably) which is likely to be seen first on the Nexus Prime before the end of the 2011 (November is the most likely ETA).

But already there are those in the know claiming what the following version of Android after that ice cream treat will be.

According to a report from This Is My Next, that OS will likely be called Android Jelly Bean.

If you hadn’t noticed before, thus far Android has been alphabetically named after various sweets and desserts: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and of course I for Ice Cream Sandwich.

So it stands to reason that the next iteration of the OS will begin with a J, and a “trusted source” (strawberry “sauce”, perhaps) has said that Jelly Bean is the moniker hotly in the running to take the title.

We guess that makes sense as plain Jelly just feels a bit too short and clunky a name. Plus it would be Jello in the States, and that just confuses matters. We can’t think of any other desserts that begin with a J apart from Jam Roll.

And Android Jam Roll definitely doesn’t have a good ring to it.

Naming conventions aside, the source also mentioned that some of the features supposedly coming to the major revamp that is Ice Cream Sandwich – which pulls both tablet and smartphone strands of the OS together – may be pushed back to Jelly Bean.

That’s pure speculation, of course, and we hope this isn’t the case. ICS is a big moment for Google and its meteorically successful mobile OS, and we’d like to think it isn’t being rushed out the door with bits being thrown on the back-burner for the time being.

Jelly Bean, however, now that we can believe. As for what will come after that with K, we’ve really no idea. Android Key Lime Pie? It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue…


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