The Android family welcomes a new member.  The statue for Ice Cream Sandwich, representing the code name for the latest version of the Android mobile operating software that Google has developed, is now at home in Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Located outside Building 44, Ice Cream Sandwich joins the family of dessert-themed statues representing previous Android releases: Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb. Interestingly enough, the Ice Cream Sandwich statue is the only member of the statue family in the shape of the Android icon itself.

To continue with tradition, Android lead man Andy Rubin has posted a video of the statue’s unveiling to celebrate the upcoming release of the Ice Cream Sandwich mobile OS.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich  is scheduled to be unveiled along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (also codenamed the Nexus Prime) smartphone on October 19 in Hong Kong.  The unveiling coincides with the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 event during the AsiaD: All Things Digital conference. It is also rumored that the Nexus Prime will be released on Verizon Wireless on October 27.

Google and Samsung had been expected to release the new Android mobile OS during the CTIA Enterprise and Applications conference in San Diego, California last October 11. But, that event was cancelled by Google, believing that it was not the right time to release a new product, as the world was mourning the passing of Steve Jobs and expressing tribute to his legacy.

While Google has remained mum on what lies ahead for the mobile operating system, it has said that the main aim of the new OS was to combine the Gingerbread and Honeycomb operating systems. Google previewed Ice Cream Sandwich to Android developers at the Google I/O conference in May.

Will Android’s latest release make an Ice Cream Sandwich lover out of you? We’ll find out soon.