The next major evolution of Android, AKA Ice Cream Sandwich, could be up for grabs in a matter of weeks, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has revealed.
Schmidt disclosed the search giant’s plans to roll out the new version of its operating system imminently while addressing delegates at San Fran’s Dreamforce tech talking shop.
Check out Schmidt holding court in the clip below
He said: "We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone's really excited about."
Alas, Schmidt wasn’t any more specific than that. But a glance at Google’s execs’ scheduled public appearances reveals that arch-Android Andy Rubin is giving a talk at the Asia D conference between October 19th-21st. That suggests, to us at least, that that'll be the date of Ice Cream Sandwich’s official unveiling.
The fresh take on Android brings with a host of the features that debuted on the tablet-optimised Honeycomb version of the platform in a bid to unify the fast-fracturing OS.
Perhaps the highlight, though, is the addition of the holographic 3D interface that stars on the likes of the Motorola Xoom and Sammy’s Tab range. But a new launcher and widgets surely aren’t to be sniffed at either.