You’d have to be living in a cave, under a rock, and have it sealed up to not know that Android’s next and greatest iteration, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, is coming, and soon at that. This particular update is alleged to unify the tablet and smartphone platforms and ecosystems, and make it easier for developers to create awesome apps for both platforms, among numerous other improvements. Here’s what Dr. Eric Schmidt had to say about Ice Cream Sandwich:
We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone’s really excited about.
Furthermore, It’s worth noting that Andy Rubin will make an appearance at the AsiaD conference, which is slated to happen from October 19th to the 21st. As is the case with landmark events, it appears that this could be the perfect forum for Android’s chief to announce the latest and greatest coming of Android.
This update comes from someone that certainly knows the inner-workings of the big G better than 99.99% of the population – Eric Schmidt. In the video you will see below, you will see him in an interview with Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff that Ice Cream Sandwich will be ready for prime time sometime in October or November. He even had some very kind words to say about our dear friend, the retired Mr. Steve Jobs.
But really though, all people care about is what it will mean for their upcoming smartphone/tablet experience, and when they can expect it. Traditionally, devices sporting the latest version of Android are debuted approximately 4 weeks after said updated version of Android is publicly announced. This means that if Ice Cream Sandwich is released in October or November, that we should, in all likelihood, be seeing an accompanying device sometime before Christmas.
This upcoming update to Android is arguably the most anticipated one yet, and for good reason. It promises to bring performance improvements as high as 180%+ towards devices that support it, and the next generation of hardware it is set to run on are truly amazing, with 1280×720 displays, 1.5Ghz dual core processors, and much more.
Thankfully, this matches up with rumors that the Nexus Prime will be coming at some point in the tenth month of 2011, so it lends further credence to what Dr. Schmidt had to say. ICS + Nexus Prime + Christmas time = many, many happy Android fans.
How about you? Are you holding out for the mother-load?