Ice-cream in November may not sound like much of a treat, but for
fans of Android, it is something they will be eagerly looking forward to.
According to executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, the
latest version of the operating system will arrive in either October or
November. In an interview (see video below) with SalesForce.com the former CEO said: “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
Ice Cream Sandwich was
launched officially in May and is set to combine the fragmented smartphone and
tablet versions of Android. It is said to intelligently adapt to whatever
device it is running on.
Last month we got the first leaked images purporting to show
the unifying OS, but we gleaned little information on how Ice Cream Sandwich
will be able to adapt to various devices.
The first handset that will ship with the updated OS will
probably the latest Nexus model, which will probably be called the Nexus Prime
and could be built by Google’s new hardware partner, Motorola.
We should know more when the man in charge of the Android
software, Andy Rubin, takes the stage at the AsiaD conference, which takes
place between 19 and 21 October in Hong Kong.