A tipster with insider knowledge about the development of the Android platform’s upcoming major upgrade has whispered to tech blog Boy Genius Report (BGR) some creamy news: Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) may start making deep impact in as early as October, along with the first few devices that will be carrying the “unitive” version of Android.
The reason for the rush? To fend off potential ballooning of the number of Apple’s iPhone 5 users. Apple has been reportedly eyeing either September or October as the ideal release month for the iPhone 5 (with preorders rumored to start in early October), and Google allegedly “doesn’t want potential customers coming out of contracts (especially original DROID owners) and ‘drooling over the iPhone 5′,” says BGR.
If ICS does leave the freezer in October, then Android fans will have an early holiday feast of the next “Google Phone” (rumored to be called either the Google Nexus Prime or the Google Nexus 3) carrying ICS and a pure Google experience undefiled by manufacturer and carrier modifications.
Especially with a Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP 4470 processor onboard, the upcoming Google Nexus 3/Prime will surely keep everyone busy enjoying the 20% increase in processing speed. The TI OMAP 4470 is the rumored anointed one to grace the next Google Nexus device.
All these still fall under the rumor category, since Google has yet to make official pronouncements about ICS or about its flagship device for ICS.
How will the arrival of the Google Nexus 3/Prime with Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in October affect your plans for buying your first/next Android device?
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Im due and upgrade later this year and am looking forward to seeing whats out at the time. My rooted HTC Desire has served me well but its creaking a little bit now.
Very much looking forward to see what the next in the line of Nexus phones looks like and hope its available in the UK asap.
i am waiting for nexus prime/3 to come out and leaving apple after 4 yrs but ireally need to upgrade and if they make me wait too long iphone 5 will be tempting i think android needs to invest in the mail client as i read its a low spot if you don’t use Gmail app people use email the most on their phones so having an email client like WP7 would be good.
Very excited to see the new nexus phone coming out. I will get my first smartphone around the time of my birthday in October :) I may also choose to get the htc vigor instead, which has equally incredible specs (aside from ICS)
The Vigor, like all HTC blue tooth 3.0 phones, still has their crappy BlueZ stack that is not backwards compatible for phone book syncing with cars older than 2010 that permanently have blue tooth 2.xx
Huge fail on HTC’s part since dialing from a phone in your car is illegal in many states.
There are several threads on XDA Developer’s forum talking about this issue.