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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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.