The controversial and unofficial photos and videos allegedly showing a Google Nexus S handset running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich turned out to be true after all. Google recently confirmed that the Nexus S will definitely get some Ice Cream Sandwich love.

Google’s Gabe Cohen gave the confirmation.  Matias Duarte also concurred.  Apart from saying that Google is currently cooking up Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Nexus S, both Cohen and Duarte also hinted that Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices will be getting ICS updates, too, since ICS “theoretically should work for any 2.3 device.”

The Nexus One, however, may not be as lucky, since Cohen and Duarte mentioned that plans to bring ICS to the Nexus One are unclear yet.

Several weeks ago, Ice Cream Sandwich was seen running on a Nexus S in an unofficial footage leaked to the Web by someone claiming that he bought a Nexus S with ICS on eBay.  The device showed a combination of the best features of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Some thought that the video was a hoax, but Google’s confirmation has more or less vindicated the story.

In the video, the Gingerbread-Honeycomb combination showed a greatly improved interface.  One feature of the interface, for example, was a vertical multitasking menu that appears when the Home button is long-pressed.  This seemed to be a more Honeycomb-ish feature. Other menus such as the camera user interface, the notification bar looked very different, but they do not really resemble either that of Honeycomb’s completely or that of Gingerbread’s.  It was more of a combination of the both.  These user interface features, of course, are identical to those of the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that Google just launched a few hours ago.

If the other Gingerbread devices will really get some upgrade, the market for Android smartphones will definitely become more exciting. Though there is still no definite word on how soon ICS updates for Gingerbread devices are coming out, for sure it would not be long.

Won’t it be nice to have Ice Cream Sandwich replace Gingerbread on your Android smartphone?