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What Is Android's Ice Cream Sandwich?

The next Android phone version Ice Cream Sandwich has one clear motive: to put a stop to Android fragmentation. Not just for phones, it’s Google’s “most ambitious” update yet.

It’s not just for phones…

We’ll be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich on phones, tablets, computers…

…It’s putting a stop to Android fragmentation…

There’s nothing worse than your friends having a more recent Android version than what you have, and thus getting cool new features. Google said they want “one OS that runs everywhere.” They’re going to do this by adapting the framework and adding new APIs “to help developers optimise for all various devices.” Naturally, they’re going to be open source.

…You can get a taste later this year…

Unfortunately it’s not going to be available until the fourth quarter of this year. Sorry!

…And isn’t just called Ice Cream because…

Have you seen how Google erects big statues outside their HQ for every Android release? Froyo (short of frozen yoghurt) was released May last year, and as it looks like a big squirt of ice cream, I suppose Google felt the need to differentiate its product releases, so went down this tasty route instead.


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