It was very strange for search giant Google to jump from version 2.3 Gingerbread intended for smartphones, to 3.0, what is understood to be optimised for tablet devices. It could be to create a sort of a hype around the software platform, or simply because there are so many changes involved. The bigger question is whether this 3.0 build will even head to smartphones, Android's main focus, or if users will be made to wait for a newer version.
The newer version above-mentioned is certainly Android Ice-cream Sandwich, sometimes referred to as v2.4. As Google follows the alphabet in terms of the first letter in each build's name (D for Doughnut, E for Eclair, F for Froyo, G for Gingerbread, H for Honeycomb and I for Ice-cream Sandwich), smartphone enthusiasts were perplexed on how this could possibly be Android 2.4.
It turns out that Ice-cream Sandwich won't be an intermediary, but an upgrade to Android 3.0, bringing in important parts of the operating system, such as hardware acceleration, but omitting tablet-exclusive components.