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Exclusive : Android 3.1 Spotted In The Wild In Illinois

We were fooling around with the new version of Google Analytics when we stumbled on Androd 3.1; yep, the successor of Honeycomb is well and truly alive with and a device running the OS visited our website twice yesterday.

Our visitor came from the town of Buffalo Grove from the state of Illinois, United States and used Comcast as the broadband provider. Interestingly, last year, a company called Modis, which is part of Adecco, the HR giant, was looking for an Android Mobile Application developer in that area with specific "Blackberry knowledge."

Ice Cream or Android 2.4, is expected to be launched later this year as announced by Google's former CEO, Eric Schmidt, during his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in February.

Back them he said that "you can imagine the follow up [to Gingebread] will start with an I, be named after dessert, and will combine these two [Honeycomb and Gingerbread]."

In addition, Bloomberg has reported that Google told its partners that it will "likely wait to make another open-source distribution of Android software until it completes the next version, called Ice Cream."

We first tracked Android 2.4 at the beginning of December 2010, a full 10 weeks before the announcement by Schmidt and we are still getting traffic from Android 2.4 as of today.

What may that mean? Android 2.4 may be that next version which should be launched in April itself and will still be an open source distro. Ice Cream may be renamed as Android 3.1 and launched towards the end of the year.