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Ice Cream Sandwich OS Release Date: Google CEO Brags About ICS

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By Fionna Agomuoh, Christian Post Contributor
October 14, 2011|4:45 pm

The latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich has garnered a lot of buzz despite few details being known about the system.

Google CEO Larry Page recently stated about Ice Cream Sandwich, “You won’t believe what we managed to get done in this release.”

Page's comment was made during Google's third quarter earnings call on Oct. 13.

A few leaks of the OS have revealed various specs including, a Movie Studio app, an app called "People," which is speculated to be a "Contacts" update, panoramic photo option as well as "Backup" and "Reset" options.

Developers have also picked apart leaked videos in order to decipher the main specs of Ice Cream Sandwich. They have discovered files that have led them to believe Ice Cream Sandwich may feature a Facial Recognition Lockscreen.

However, little remains known about the 4.0 version OS.

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As Page suggests, what has been revealed may only be a small taste of what Ice Cream Sandwich entails.

One spec that is confirmed is that Ice Cream Sandwich will be compatible with both smartphones and tablets.

Previously Android had two separate operating systems for each chassis; Android 2.3, Gingerbread for smartphones and Android 3.0, Honeycomb for tablets.

Sources expect that Ice Cream Sandwich will favor the Honeycomb user interface.

There is also speculation about a full Google + integration and voice-to-talk feature like Apple’s Siri.

Ice Cream Sandwich was scheduled to unveil on Oct. 11 at Samsung and Google's joint media event, "Samsung Mobile Unpacked: Google Episode."

However the event was canceled, according to the companies, in respect for the recent death of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs.

The event has been rescheduled for Oct. 19 in Hong Kong.

The OS will be launched alongside the Samsung Nexus Prime, the first smartphone to be powered by Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

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