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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