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Google "Ice Cream Sandwich" OS on the Horizon

At the consumer electronics show which took place early in January of this year, Google Android swept across a variety of booths, appealing to the tens of thousands of visitors to the convention. Android, after all, had a number of strong items to showcase. Its Nexus S phone, newly released in December, was sporting the snazzy Gingerbread (2.3) system; a wide lineup of tablets, including the best in show winner, were running the Honeycomb (3.0) Android OS; and, according to rumors, an Android 2.4 smartphone was even spotted.

This OS was initially thought to be dubbed “Ice Cream,” although the VP of Engineering at Google allegedly told one journalist that it would actually be called “Ice Cream Sandwich.” (The journalist believes this is the case partially because the Android HQ receives a new sculpture representing each OS, and that plain old “ice cream” would look too similar to Froyo). Far more important than rumors of the OS’s name, however, are the bits of information about its possible release date.

Current predictions slate it for June, or some time later during the Summer. This fits appropriately with the recent schedule for operating system releases, with a summer release for Froyo and a holiday release for Gingerbread. It would also make sense with the name; not only is “ice cream sandwich” an appropriate summer treat just like Froyo, but it falls right into the alphabetical order of the release names (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich). Additionally, publicity reasons make a summer release highly convenient for Google, as the Google I/O convention would be the perfect place to announce an upcoming OS update — just as they did last year with Froyo. More details are expected in upcoming months, but details should be solidified by the Google I/O in May.

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