Google are planning to release the next version of the Android operating, Android 2.4, during the Summer according to “multiple sources familiar with the matter”.
A report by Pocket-Lint reveals that the new update (also known as Ice Cream), is scheduled for release in June/July of this year, with an official Google announcement expected during the Google I/O conference which takes place in May.
The Ice Cream update will be the latest in a long line of Android updates that include Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0/2.1), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3) and Honeycomb (3.0).
What do we know about Android 2.4? Well, not a lot really. Here’s a list of some the new features we can expect to see the Ice Cream update.
- Speed enhancement – supposedly not a major difference from 2.3, but it wouldn’t be Google if things didn’t keep getting faster.
- Animations – Tweakers is reporting small changes to the animations when deleting shortcuts from the homescreen. They compare the effect to the Mac OSX Genie effect. Good to know Google knows where to look when stealing design.
- Call Noise Reduction – Since manufacturers haven’t been picking up the dual microphone design that Google introduced in the Nexus One, it looks like Google is adding a software option which can be used to reduce ambient noise and improve call quality. Because after all, at least 5% of the time these devices are actually used as phones.
- Video Chat – Video chat APIs were found in the new SDK, and video chat has been highlighted in the Honeycomb videos, but there still hasn’t been any sign of video chat through Google Talk on any phones. The signs are pointing to it, but they guys couldn’t get at the GTalk app to test it out.
Jan 10, 2011 | 0 comments