Yesterday Google I/O 2011 kicked off, not only did they give all attendees a free Limited Edition Samsung Galaxy 10.1 but Google also revealed details regarding their next major Android version, this will be called Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
For those of you hadn’t already noticed each Android version gets a name of a dessert to accompany it (and they are in alphabetical order), previously we have seen Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, FroYo and Gingerbread, therefore it is no surprise to see this version called Ice Cream Sandwich, we do not know what version number this will be but the last release was 3.1 so expect anything between 3.2 and 4.x.
If you remember Android 3.0 / 3.1 Honeycomb was solely intended for tablets, whilst Gingerbread is the most up-to-date version for smartphones, it is thought that Ice Cream Sandwich will be a sole platform for both smartphones and tablets. This suggests that they will take the best from both Honeycomb and Gingerbread, which may be why they put the word “Sandwich” in its name. During the presentation Google confirmed that this OS version should arrive sometime during Q4 2011.
We got to see some Ice Cream Sandwich screens at Google I/O, new features included face tracking for the camera and focus shifting which is based on voice recognition, lots of the changes are being kept quiet for now, however we hope to hear over the next few days, we will keep you posed. You can see a few photos from Google I/O 2011 via this link.
What new features would you like to see Android Ice Cream Sandwich bring?