The first images of Google’s attempt to combine its smartphone (Gingerbread) and tablet (Honeycomb) operating systems into a single OS, namely Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), have been leaked.
Two websites, RootzWiki and Android Police, have been given a few screen shots of ICS running on a Nexus S phone and have also been given some more details on what we can expect from the next update from Google.
Among the new features in ICS is an updated app launcher and app drawer allowing you to switch between apps and widgets easily. There is also the presence of the colour blue throughout Ice cream Sandwich. You can also see a revamped notification bar at the top of the screen. In the bottom right of the homescreen, there is an icon for what could be a task switcher, with stacked icons.
While these changes don’t seem to be too ground breaking, other changes which aren’t pictured have also been revealed to the two websites by their sources. The Gmail app has been totally re-themed to match the new OS; the camera will have a panorama mode and the changes made are mostly to the UI, meaning many older phones will be able to run the new OS.
Speaking of hardware, we are likely to see ICS first on the Nexus Prime, the follow up to the Nexus S, which will also get the update soon after launch. The Nexus Prime is rumoured to be released in October or November.
Google has yet to decide on what the version number for ICS will be (Android 4.0 probably) and is keeping it a closely guarded season.
So there it is, Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Is it enough of a revamp for you, or do you think it is just a small evolution of Gingerbread and Honeycomb which won’t bring much in the way of new features? Let us know in the comments.