Ice Cream Sundae Google Doodle prompts Android rumours
The Ice Cream Sundae was honoured with a Google Doodle yesterday for its 119th anniversary, prompting speculation that the search giant's code-named "Ice Cream" operating system may be released shortly.
The dessert, characterised by a syrup-drizzled scoop of vanilla ice cream with a wafer and cherry on top, is thought to have been created in 1892 when New York soda fountain proprietor Chester Platt served the dish to church minister John Scott.
Others believe the Sundae was invented after an ice cream truck collided with a syrup tanker.
The ice cream was subsequently named after the Sabbath and served every Sunday in a variety of flavours.
The dish rose to popularity in America during World War II and in 1945 the US Navy commissioned floating ice cream parlours on refrigerated barges selling "Victory Sundaes" to boost morale.
Google's latest doodle fuels speculation that its new operating system, code-named Ice Cream, is due for release in the next quarter.
The "Ice Cream" operating system is expected to be a combination of Android 3.0 and Android 2.3/2.4, called Honeycomb and Gingerbread respectively, in what they call a "cohesive whole".
It had previously been expected in June.