Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich arriving in October?

• 24/09/2011

More rumours have emerged concerning the release date of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system.

A couple of weeks back, we heard from Eric Schmidt that Ice Cream Sandwich had a target release date of either October or November.

However, now it seems that sooner rather than later could be on the cards, and Android 4.0 could be with us next month. This is according to a couple of sources.

Computerworld pointed to Notion Ink’s blog, where the CEO made a comment about Ice Cream Sandwich arriving in October. He previously pinpointed the release of Gingerbread last year with unerring accuracy.

Further weight is added to this comment by the fact that the Android Developers blog has also put an article up referring to the imminent release of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The article advises devs to prepare their apps which have been designed for a larger screen Honeycomb Tablet for use on smaller smartphone screens when Ice Cream Sandwich arrives.

Android 4.0 has been designed to work on both tablets and smartphones, pulling back from the fragmented OS world Google introduced with Gingerbread and Honeycomb.

The blog states: “We haven’t released the ICS SDK just yet, but you can start preparing your Honeycomb apps by thinking about how they should work on smaller screens.”

In other words, we can assume that devs are being told to get ready because the SDK will be arriving soon. And the OS will follow on soon enough after that.

However, we certainly wouldn’t be expecting 4.0 in early October. The current buzz suggests it will be the end of the month, just in time for Halloween.


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