The next major Android update, AKA Ice Cream Sandwich, could be here in October, Google has confirmed.
The search giant announced it is aiming for a fourth-quarter launch for the OS bump during the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco.
Google’s move means that - incremental tweaks to Gingerbread aside - it is releasing just one update of its smartphone platform in 2011, in a tacit acknowledgement of the fragmentation problems that more frequent operating system bumps have created.
Keynote addresses from Android movers and shakers also noted that the update will bring with it “all the good stuff” that the tablet optimised Honeycomb version of Android offered, including the holographic user interface and support for advanced apps.
This refutes previous speculation that only select elements of Honeycomb would make the transition over to smartphones.
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