Google's Ice Cream May Arrive in October
With Microsoft's Mango update and Apple's iPhone 5 slated for an October release, it's no wonder that Google wants Android 2.4 on devices during that same timeframe.
BGR has reportedly received word that Google is pushing to get Android 2.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" out the door by early October.
Although no sources were specified, the report claims that Google wants the OS on the market in time for Apple's launch of the supposed iPhone 5 in the later September / early October window. The fear is that potential customers coming out of their 2-year contracts – especially those of us who signed up for the original (and now horribly decrepit) Motorola DROID – may find themselves drooling over the new Apple smartphone.
The big deal with Google's rather ambitious Ice Cream Sandwich build is that it promises to help eliminate Android's frustrating fragmentation. The OS will supposedly work seamlessly across various devices including smartphones, tablets and computers – possibly Google's answer to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 platform.
"Our goal with Ice Cream Sandwich is to deliver one operating system that works everywhere, regardless of device," the company said back in May. "Ice Cream Sandwich will bring everything you love about Honeycomb on your tablet to your phone, including the holographic user interface, more multitasking, the new launcher and richer widgets."
Right now all eyes are seemingly pointed at September and October as the battle between the Big Three heats up. Microsoft's big Mango (7.5) update is slated to arrive on Windows Phone 7 sometime around mid-October, packing around 500 new features including Twitter integration, multi-tasking, Internet Explorer 9 and more. And as previously stated, Apple's iPhone 5 and next-generation iPod Touch is slated to arrive in the same window.
That said, it's understandable why Google would would push for an October launch. So far the company hasn't announced anything official, so stay tuned.