At the Google I/O, the company told the world that its next release of a new Android version, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, would be at some point during the fourth quarter of 2011. When Google announced that, many speculated that it will touch down in November or December, with the launch of a new Nexus device, in time for the holiday season.
While it is certainly possible, tech news website BGR has reported that Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices might start shipping as soon as October, in order to face its toughest nemesis, the iPhone 5.
According to BGR, “we have been told that Google is looking to push up the release of Ice Cream Sandwich devices as Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected in September or October, and the Mountain View-based company doesn’t want potential customers coming out of contracts (especially original DROID owners) and ‘drooling over the iPhone 5.'”
The Ice Cream Sandwich is Google’s most ambitious OS update, and it certainly promises a lot. The next version of the operating system will bring a cleaner experience for users and developers. Just like Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich won’t need physical buttons on smartphones, which leads to cleaner handset designs
The first device to be powered by Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS is expected to be the Nexus Prime. Nothing has been confirmed by Google, but there are rumors floating around that it will have an OMAP4460 processor and will sport a Super AMOLED HD (720p) display.
via: Apple Insider