If you are lucky enough to be running an up-to-date Android tablet or smartphone you will be running Honeycomb or Gingerbread, Honeycomb is a tablet-oriented release, whilst Gingerbread suits smartphones, however the next Android release plans to end this fragmentation – this is Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
It has not been confirmed what release numbers will accompany ICS, however many expect it to be a major overhaul of the mobile operating system, therefore we expect it to be called Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – today we finally have some release information about this new flavor of Android.
Recently Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, spoke to Salesforce.com and revealed that we should expect ICS to arrive in October or November – as Engadget points out this fits in with previous rumors which suggested that the Nexus Prime would arrive in October – this is said to be the first-ever Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, much like the Nexus S was the first-ever smartphone to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Below we have added a quote from Schmidt:
we have a new operating system internally knowns as Ice Cream Sandwich, for some reason, which is being release in October / November
Eric Schmidt also went on to say that at the moment 550,000 Android phones are activated a day, he also complimented Steve Jobs and said that what he done at Apple is perhaps the best performance of a CEO in the world for 50 years if not 100 years – this was a nice touch as Jobs recently resigned and Schmidt use to be on the board at Apple. You can see the hour long interview between Schmidt and Salesforce.com over at Engadget.
With 550,000 phones activated each day we wonder just how many Android-based tablets get activated a day and how much of an impact Ice Cream Sandwich will have on the market – could Ice Cream Sandwich tip the tablet market Google’s way and finally start being regarded by all as a superior platform to iOS – we would love to hear your views on the matter.