This shouldn’t come as a huge shock, since Google had pretty much already promised that the next major version of Android would be available by the end of the year, but Google chairman Eric Schmidt has now pretty much confirmed that we’ll see Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich in October or November.
I guess that kind of rules out September or December, then.
Ice Cream Sandwich is the code name for the first version of Android that will be designed to run both on tablets and smartphones. Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the latest version designed specifically for phones, while Android 3.2 Honeycomb is the latest tablet-only build.
It’s likely that Google will also announce the next-generation Nexus smartphone when Ice Cream Sandwich launches. The HTC Nexus One and Samsung Nexus S are phones designed to showcase Google’s operating system with hardware to support all of the latest features. These are the phones that Google recommends for developers, but they’re also popular with many users because they come with the Android experience exactly as Google designed it, without any carrier or manufacturer customizations. These devices also tend to be first in line for major software updates.