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Android 4.0 delayed, but here's a taste of 'Ice Cream Sandwich'

The launch of Android 4.0 didn't happen this week, but it has officially been rescheduled and here's a sneak peak.

We were supposed to see the official unveiling of Android 4.0 on Tuesday at the CTIA event in San Diego, but Google and Samsung cancelled the announcement. A Samsung spokesperson said, "We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs's passing." I took that to mean that the plan for the event was to launch a full frontal attack on the new iPhone 4S and Apple's closed ecosystem, and that Samsung and Google felt like it might be in poor taste to hammer Apple so close to Steve's death.

Whatever the case may be, Google and Samsung have now rescheduled the event for October 18 in Hong Kong, to coincide with the All Things D: AsiaD event. Technically, the event will happen on Wednesday, October 19 in Hong Kong, but that translates to 10:00PM Eastern on Tuesday night in the U.S. We're expecting the two companies to unveil the new Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus) smartphone, which will be the first device to run Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich." This is the OS that will reunify Android after it was split earlier this year between Android 2.3 for smartphones and Android 3.0 for tablets. Ice Cream Sandwich will run on both smartphones and tablets.

Of course, TechRepublic will have all the details next week and talk about what it means for IT and business, but if you'd like a little preview, there are some leaked videos that give you a look at what to expect. The one below is the best one I've seen so far, although I can't confirm how close this is to the final version of Ice Cream Sandwich. It's likely a developer build and not the final code, but you can see some nice interface enhancements and new widgets.

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6 comments
Fletchguy
Fletchguy

I wonder if it was the phone being used that sucked or just that version of os since it was obvious the touch had a lot of issues. I still love my evo on boost but need to get better detail on how to upgrade from froyo 2.2 rooted to 2.3 rooted. Should be a good thing with the new ice cream os.

wuboyblue
wuboyblue

After several months I still find my HTC Droid Incredible a marvelous phone. No, I just use Yahoo mail for business and I do a great deal of research using both google search and YouTube. Microsoft Exchange is not a concern. I save Xbox live for my Xbox 360 S. Truthfully, I looked at defecting to the iPhone, but it just doesn't have the flexibility of my Droid. The more I use this "old" phone, the more I appreciate it. The phone just works well.

boothby171
boothby171

Does it make the Android OS anything but a toy, yet? Does it include Outlook TASKS and NOTES in the sync? Does it still insist on truncating the comments field in Outlook Contacts to a ridiculous 256 characters? Does it know how to sync via Bluetooth to my laptop? Basically...does it do what my TREO did 4 over years ago* (before Palm was bought, put in a canvas sack full of rocks, and tossed into the East River by HP)?? *Except, of course, for the constant crashing part....not that my HTC Incredible doesn't have it's fair share of unexplained reboots, dropped calls, etc, etc.

medfordmel
medfordmel

I agree 95% with what you've said about your Treo. It's the "constant crashing" part that I didn't experience. My Treos (a 650 and a 700) were pretty solid. Much more so than Android on my Samsung Moment. My wife is still using a Palm Treo - she refuses to upgrade! And how about a battery life comparison? I only had to charge my heavily-used Treos once or twice per week. I have to charge my Android phone once or twice per day! Android is so much better and more open than iOS, BlackBerry, and Symbian, but can't hold a candle to PalmOS, which hadn't changed dramatically since I bought my first Palm Pilot back in 1997. PalmOS had a ton of apps, too, most of which were free. Palm's fatal mistake was selling off PalmOS. I believe Android is much more capable than PalmOS ever was - the web browser is certainly far better than Palm's - but as it's delivered, it's TERRIBLE as a simple PIM (but still better than iPhone), and I haven't found a good PIM app yet. It's not that hard to do. I wish I had the time to do it myself. Other than that, I wish I could just buy a new Treo - with an updated web browser, that is.

ctkelowna
ctkelowna

Boothby I was doing all those things and much, much more back with my HTC Legend, let alone with a rooted and custom rom'd Galaxy S that is in my opinion a total iPhone-killer, there's just no comparison at all. I'll very soon take the Galaxy S2, do the same thing to an already superior piece of hardware by anyone but an Apple fanboi's standards, and never look back ;)

boothby171
boothby171

May I ask "How were you doing all those things"? Sounds like you rooted your phone, and used a bunch of third party ($) apps. (Not saying that's a 'bad' thing, of course...)

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