For those based in North America, the wait for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 must seem like a lifetime. The device is a nice piece of kit, don’t get us wrong, and the huge screen certainly is a plus point. However, with the Motorola Droid running Android 2.x+ and other phones set for release soon with similar software versions, the X10 seems a little, well, dated.
At MWC there was plenty to see in the Xperia range, and CNET Asia report that these devices should look forward to an upgrade of Android. We all assumed that this upgrade would be to Android 2.0 but there is now talk that this would be just the icing on the cake, so to [...]
A little tidbit from Brian Swetland, an employee of Google who works on the Linux kernel, tells us that the iteration of Android beyond Froyo will be called Gingerbread. Looks like we hit it pretty dead on with our guess back in mid January when trying to come up with clever “G” names that hit the sweet tooth. The official quote was posted to a forum on LWN.net and is as follows:
We maintain a set of patches on top of Linux, which we periodically rebase to the latest released Linux kernel. We’ve been doing this roughly every other kernel release since about 2.6.14. This week we’re finalizing our move to 2.6.32 for the Android “Froyo” [...]
According to an Engadget exclusive interview with Erick Tseng, Senior Product Manager for Android, the next iteration of Android will be codenamed Froyo. It will not be called Flan, as we reported back in July, and no release window or other details have been said regarding the next iteration. Froyo, short for frozen yogurt, fits in line with Google’s alphabetical dessert loving scheme and the web is already abuzz with the letter “G”. Ginger, gelatin, gelato, and ganache come to mind but since Google threw us a curve ball here, I would say that anything is possible. Please note that many have been referring to 2.1 as Flan, including us, which is an error as 2.1 [...]