Android Ice Cream Sandwich: Google's Answer to iPhone 5?
If you think Google will just wait on the sidelines like a sitting duck for a long time for tablet wars, then you're absolutely wrong. Welcome: Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich!
Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is Google's attempt to have a handset and a tablet share the same interface and apps. Ice Cream Sandwich is all about creating what Google terms "one Operating System/OS everywhere" because it will be a single version that runs on both mobile phones and tablets. At the moment, we have Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS for handsets and Android Honeycomb software for tablets.
Ice Cream Sandwich delivers all that's good about Honeycomb and gives a refreshed UI (User Interface). What this means is lots of lovely features like holographic UI, a panel for multitasking, a new app launcher and tabbed browsing.
This newest Google technology is expected to offer cool new features to its users. Ice Cream Sandwich is set to work on all Android devices, even older models. Samsung Galaxy S lines smartphone, HTC and Sony Ericsson may all adopt Ice Cream Sandwich.
There will also be face recognition technology onboard, which should enhance users' video calls experience. The camera is said to track users when they are video calling and knows when someone's speaking--especially useful when they are on a conference call.
For gamers, there's the new USB (Universal Serial Bus) hosting function. This allows users plug in an external controller such as a Playstation one into the device and play using this. As users can also plug in mice and keyboards via this USB feature, it should appeal to those who want to type and interact on their handsets as well as indulge in a bit of gaming.
It is rumored to be released on October or November 2011.