Google has announced that the next major version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich will be available in the 4th quarter of the year. It will be the first version of Android designed to run on all sorts of devices including phones, tablets, and even devices with keyboards such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

The update will bring many Honeycomb features to smartphones, including the “holographic” user interface, the program launcher, widgets, and the application framework.

Google also went out of the way to confirm that Ice Cream Sandwich will be open source… which may be an indication that the source code for Android 3.x Honeycomb will never be released to the public, but I may be reading too much between the lines right now.

Brad Linder

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