Google’s light weight Android operating system now comes in three flavors: Gingerbread for smartphones, Honeycomb for tablets, and Google TV, a set-top-box OS based on Android which blurs the lines between web video and content stored on your DVR. But one day all three versions of Android coudl become one.

GTV Source reports that Google will merge the source code so that Google Android Ice Cream will combine elements of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google TV. The tipster behind the rumor suggests that Google will officially announce the project at Google IO on May 10th and 11th.

This is just a rumor for now, but it makes a lot of sense. Honeycomb already includes code that allows developers to write apps that work differently on different screen sizes. It’s not a stretch to imagine an operating system that can run on TVs and set-top-boxes, tablets, or phones with few if any modifications. This would also let developers write apps that would work across a range of devices without creating three different versions.

via phandroid

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3 replies on “Next-gen Google Android may combine smartphone, tablet, TV features”

  1. This does make sense.

    And it also points to why Google was unwilling to share Honeycomb code. As this will give it a huge edge over all other competitors.

    This is good for all Android users.

  2. I agree. People that complained about Google restricting their source code do not know what they are talking about. I think its great that Google is trying to reduce the fragmentation. I hope Google makes manufacturers stop putting on their crappy UI skin so that us consumers can have stock android.

  3. Great idea. I am using Google TV and I feel like I pretty much wasted $300 on a device that does little more than my Blurry player. And google really need to work with ChromeOS which I’ve been using on the CR-48.

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