Google CEO Larry Page has talked up the new Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of Android, ahead of its expected debut next week on its third own-branded smartphone.
Page trumpeted the new version of the platform, which blends elements of the tablet optimised Honeycomb version of Android with the current Gingerbread smartphone iteration, at Google’s earnings call, during which he also revealed that total sales of Android phones have now passed 190 million.
Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0, is the search giant’s attempt to stymie ongoing issues with fragmentation that have been caused chiefly by the fact that manufacturing partners are not obliged to adhere to hardware requirements.
Page said: "I'm super excited about the soon-to-be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich, that's right, Ice Cream Sandwich.
“You won't believe what we manage to get done in this release."
The first phone to run the new flavour of Android will be the Google Nexus Prime. Manufactured by Samsung on Google’s behalf, the 4.65-inch display-packing kit is expected to take a bow at the Samsung Unpacked event at a Hong Kong tech expo next week.
In time-honoured fashion, Google this week unveiled an Ice Cream Sandwich statue at its Cali HQ – a sure sign that the reswizzed take on Android is now but days away.
Check out the statue being erected at Google’s yard in the clip below