Android founder and overseer Andy Rubin has confirmed that the latest 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of Android will be rolled out two weeks after the release of the Galaxy Nexus.
The Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled last night amid much fanfare, will arrive to market in the US, Europe and Asia in November, meaning an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for other devices should be ready by mid-December.
Google has already confirmed that its second-generation handset, the Nexus S, will ‘definitely’ receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich.
When quizzed by Engadget at Google’s Android press call last night, product manager Gabe Cohen revealed that the search giant is “currently in the process for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S”, adding that the OS refresh “theoretically should work for any 2.3 device.”
Ice Cream Sandwich brings revamped look that takes in features and design cues from both the Gingerbread smartphone iteration of the platform and the tablet-optimised Honeycomb.
Features on board include a new ‘Face Unlock’ mode that uses face detection to unlock your phone, an enhanced multitasking interface similar to Honeycomb and improved communication smarts such as a new Android Beam feature that uses Near Field Communication (NFC) tech to wirelessly share information with other nearby devices.
The Galaxy Nexus will be the first handset to market running Ice Cream Sandwich when it hits store shelves worldwide next month.
Developed by Samsung with collaboration with Google, the Galaxy Nexus rocks a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a five-megapixel snapper with full HD recording skills and a 1.2GHz dual core processor to keep things ticking over smoothly.