The next major release from Google Android OS will be called Ice Cream Sandwich and is being considered to be the most ambitious release yet. Basically, the desire was to design and develop one OS which runs everywhere. It is therefore google says, Ice Cream Sandwich will run on smartphones, Tablets, convertible slates and more unlike Android 3.0 Honeycomb which only runs on tablets.
Ice Cream Sandwich users will get all the lovely interfaces of Android 3.0 Honeycomb to Android smartphones. Moreover, Android phone users will also will be provided updated app launcher with interactive and new homescreen widgets and multi-tasking panel. Google also says that they will incorporate all the best features of Honeycomb, the Android tablet OS, and make them workable on smartphones too. It means, Android tablets will be able to use as a USB hub along with an option of connecting your devices like mice and keyboards and game controllers to tablets and smartphones. During last Mobile World Congress, Google showed off upcoming 3D headtracking feature using the front-mounted camera which will allow you to figure out who is speaking and focus on them while on a video call. Face detection will be a key feature in the OS.
Recently both AndroidPolice and RootzWiki have manged to get first screen shots of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. As you can see in the pictures that main application draw has been revamped and appears more like the Honeycomb app drawer.You might have also noticed that the official version number of Ice Cream Sandwich is not available but news are already around that it would be 4.0. It is quite expected that Nexus S and Nexus One will get the first update when it goes live but there are changes that new Nexus device would be launched with pre-installed Ice Cream Sandwich before we see the update get pushed to any other handset.
Google is trying hard to launch the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich to an early October release. Lets hope it won’t get further delayed.