First Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices to land in October

Icecreamlogo-660x367

While many have been patiently awaiting an official word from Google as to when we will be able to get our sticky hands on the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, a source familiar with the project recently tipped off the boys over at BGR, and claim that a device could be on its way in October.

Ice Cream Sandwich is the most ambitious release Google has announced in Android’s short lifespan, and it certainly promises a lot. The next version of the OS will bring a seamlessness across phones and tablets alike, which will make for a cleaner experience for users and developers alike. Like Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich will also eliminate the need of physical buttons on phones, which could lend to cleaner handset designs.

Of course, the device we’re all waiting for is the next phone to be deemed worthy of the Nexus brand. With quite a few rumors floating around, the next Nexus phone looks like it will be coming from Samsung once again, and possibly be called the Nexus Prime. With basically any spec one could possibly ask for in the rumored specs, the Prime should be able to take on any handset that crosses its path, and Google is counting on that.

With all eyes on Apple and the iPhone 5, Google is looking to release its flagship Ice Cream Sandwich phone around the same time. There’s also the rumor that Google’s strategy has changed a bit and will release multiple Ice Cream Sandwich handsets on all four major carriers at the same time. While Google could still release one Nexus-branded handset, it could have been working closely with multiple manufacturers, giving them exclusive access to the latest version of the OS so that more than one device will land around the same time.

If you’ll be in the market for an Android handset sometime in the coming months, may we suggest you hold off on your purchase until at least October. If this rumor is to be believed, the Halloween month looks to be filled with treats, rather than tricks.

[Via: BGR]

  • Anonymous

    Ok.

    A couple of items:

    1) Will existing Android users be able to easily upgrade to this Ice Cream Sandwich? Or will it be a nightmare or will this cause only further Android fragmentation? I think it will cause further Android fragmentation. Like only a small fraction of Android users run the latest OS- less than 5%.

    2) What happens if Oracle wins it lawsuit against Google? Does Ice Cream Sandwich matter?

    3) Apple’s already stop Samsung in Europe & Australia with its tablet plans. This can’t be good for Android.

    4) What happens if Apple wins it lawsuit against HTC? Android is all but screwed.

    5) What happens if Apple wins it 2nd round of patent violations against HTC? I give Apple an 80% chance of that.

    Google better be lucky than good. Let’s see.

    4)

    • Anonymous

      Ok. 

      When Ice Cream Sandwich was announced, Google had said that most Android devices will easily be able to run the latest version of the OS. At very, very least, if a device can be upgraded to Gingerbread, it will most likely get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. You’re assumption of less than 5% of handsets getting it is nothing more than an un educated guess and you have absolutely no knowledge to back up such a ridiculous claim.

      Google has already hinted that it’s willing to settle with Oracle. Android has exploded and Google isn’t going to fold. 

      Apple blocking Samsung’s tablets is bad for Samsung, not Android. And the Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t be blocked forever in these markets.

      HTC is also prepared to do what it needs to do to defend itself against Apple. Whether that means work-arounds or settlements.

      If you haven’t noticed, Android is kicking ass in the smartphone market, and is eating into Apple’s share. It’s retaliation is a sign of its fear, because if Apple was so sure that it carried the superior product, it wouldn’t need to do anything. 

      Android isn’t going anywhere and you should definitely get that through your head.

    • Anonymous

      Ok. 

      When Ice Cream Sandwich was announced, Google had said that most Android devices will easily be able to run the latest version of the OS. At very, very least, if a device can be upgraded to Gingerbread, it will most likely get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. You’re assumption of less than 5% of handsets getting it is nothing more than an un educated guess and you have absolutely no knowledge to back up such a ridiculous claim.

      Google has already hinted that it’s willing to settle with Oracle. Android has exploded and Google isn’t going to fold. 

      Apple blocking Samsung’s tablets is bad for Samsung, not Android. And the Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t be blocked forever in these markets.

      HTC is also prepared to do what it needs to do to defend itself against Apple. Whether that means work-arounds or settlements.

      If you haven’t noticed, Android is kicking ass in the smartphone market, and is eating into Apple’s share. It’s retaliation is a sign of its fear, because if Apple was so sure that it carried the superior product, it wouldn’t need to do anything. 

      Android isn’t going anywhere and you should definitely get that through your head.

    • http://twitter.com/cghodo Colin Hodo

      We don’t have to guess about android fragmentation. Here ya go: http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions.html

      24.3% use some form of 2.3. 79.6% use some form of 2.2 or 2.3 and 94.8% use 2.1-2.3.

      It’s not that bad. As for ice cream, it being such a departure from the 2.x series, it’s highly unlikely any phone currently out use it. Every android phone up to this point has had the four buttons across the bottom in either physical  or capacitive forms. Those won’t be used anymore.

      2.x is a great operating system, but expecting google to release ice cream on current devices is a bit like expecting Microsoft to release the 360’s OS on the original xbox.

  • Anonymous

    All apple fanboys should do Themselves a favor and give it up. HTC has and will continue to PIMP SLAP apple in every every way possible and android badly trumps apple in every way.

Back to top ▴