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Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich Coming in October or November

We already knew that Ice Cream Sandwich would be released some time in Q4 of this year after seeing it announced at Google I/O, but Eric Schmidt just helped narrow the time frame for us to salivate through.  During a sit-down at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, Schmidt was going through a brief history of Android and then let it slip that the current plan is for ICS (rumored to be Android 4.0) to debut in October/November:

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.

Fast forward to the 30:00 mark to catch his quick quote.  

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So what does that mean for the next Nexus device?  Well, if we look back at history (excluding the XOOM), a device running the newest version of Android usually ships within a month of that version’s release.  If ICS debuts at the end of October or early November, then I’d say we are looking at a Thanksgiving or early December release for the Nexus Prime.  Hello X-mas present?

Via:  Android and Me

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Prachi-Desai/100002704672517 Prachi Desai

    This SDK release from Android, Ice Cream sandwich will raise concerns about the fragmentation issues or will solve it?
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    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      solve

  • Anonymous

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  • Djstar2k2

    cant wait

  • Tsak6789

    Is this going to be for tablets, and phones?

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see what gets released first, Ice Cream Sandwich at large or an official Gingerbread build for the Thunderbolt.

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  • DAN

    Anyone think the Bionic will get ICS?

  • Shocker

    41:15 was the highlight of the video.

  • Anonymous

    Bionic it is then.  I could have waited a month more, but my OG can’t last til Christmas.  I can’t even load up the Angry Birds Seasons game anymore.

  • Anonymous

    i wonder if Thunderbolts will see an official Gingerbread by then . . .

  • Al Heasley

    Did you mean ” boring YOU HAVE TO be A real nerd TO watch this.” You look like an idiot. Thus, your opinion is null.

  • jelly

    What are gonna be some of the new features in ICS?

  • Anonymous

    Just enough of a blurb to screw the company he just purchased……

    lol

  • Anonymous

    it Just me or does it seem like Schmiddy isn’t on board with Android? I mean obviously he carries around a blackberry as well as comments like “known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason” like he’s almost embarrassed about it.

  • Romma1

    Let’s Roll… My Dinc 2 is ready for some ICS Lovin’….

  • jack meziel

    boring got be real nerd watch this

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to take a bite of some Ice Cream Goodness :) Google Experince Goodness that is :P

  • Anonymous

    My company is doing the audio and video for Dreamforce. I do all the QC for our equipment. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=777939147 Johnny Sprink Clausen

    Still waiting for Thunderbolt gingerbread that will hopeful come with sense 3.0 

    • Anonymous

      Same here, hell they cant even get GB to alot of the phones and they are talking ICS…pffft

    • Anonymous

      Maybe if HTC would stop bloating up Sense, they could get Gingerbread out!

  • Anonymous

    The stage is set. I’m getting mine tomorrow at the store….. Bionic baby…..

    • jelly

      im jelly

  • Anonymous

    December??? Ewww no Bye

  • Jorshasaur

    I just hope they release the ICS Emulator and SDK before the release so devs can keep up.  And that the emulator doesn’t suck like it did for Honeycomb.

  • Anonymous

    x-mas present to myself!

  • KevinC

    Oct/Nov release into AOSP?  Gingerbread hit AOSP last December, phones are just now being upgraded to it.  Or will they hit AOSP and phone (Prime) at the same time?   hmmmmmm

    • John

      Yes, but Nexus S was also released in December.  Hopefully that means Nexus Prime in Oct/Nov, and if we’re lucky an ICS phone on VZW in Jan.  

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but the Nexus S was nothing but a warmed over Galaxy S with Gingerbread.  If you are hoping that the Prime is something NEW and not the now 6 month old GS II (remember it was release at Mobile World Congress in February), then it may take a tad more time to come to market after ICS is released, so you could be looking at December or even January at CES before you see it. (And several month more before it is approved for VZW)

  • Stelv81

    There may be a Nexus Prime but it’s not coming to Verizon. Don’t get your hopes up. Plus Verizon likes to ride out old technology until it doesn’t sell anymore, and then rehash old technology to sell again. A vanilla nexus prime would not fit into Verizons business strategy…but the ifail 5 does.

    Source: Droid Prime, VCast, Verizon getting and evo type, epic type phone a year after it was new tech.

  • fartbubbler

    “October or November” = January or February. 

    • Me Ted

      Based on what?

    • Anonymous

       for 3rd party manufacturers maybe….

    • Anonymous

      maybe… this new “google experience devices” may all launch with ICS and stay updated like nexus  .. ICS will be like honeycomb in how different of an OS it was

  • http://profiles.google.com/toddlower Todd Lower

    If I have to wait until December for the Prime there is a good chance I’d rather get the Bionic now in September.  My OG droid is on its last legs.

    • http://twitter.com/il_Sole_Leone Stephen Box

      same here

    • Anonymous

      Yeh my HTC Hero is on its last legs too! I think I’ll hold out for Nexus Prime though because it should last ages and I like the idea of getting Android updates first :P

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think the Verizon phone and the Nexus phone are the same.  I have a hunch that Verizon will have theirs first and it will be more of an updated LTE version of the GS2 (which has already been shown running CDMA, GSM, and LTE radios).  It will be in a slim form factor which will make the Bionic look downright chunky.

        • Anonymous

          I agree with you. It definitely wont be updated by google but will have to be from Samsung instead,

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t rely on anything from Samsung to last for “ages”

        • Anonymous

          All my samsung products still run very well. Other than my Omnia, but it still runs as well as the day I got it.

          • Anonymous

            Actually… OLDER Samsung stuff (including the Omnia) were actually better than most (if not all) their Android devices.    Had a Samsung flip that lasted (seemingly) forever, but newer phones and in particular the Fascinate and Captivate were poorly built pieces of junk that seem to fall apart (and as far as I know, never got the GPS to actually function correctly).

          • Anonymous

            I completely agree. My parents have these 3 year old samsung candybar sliders and they have been thrown around everywhere, dropped on concrete, ran over by a car and put on the roof of a car and fallen off when driven and they still work with only cosmetic damage. My droid charge that ive had for 2 months (because of two exchanges with screen problems) is so banged up. My year old Droid x that i got a week after it launched (july 24) is less damaged than my droid charge. Neither had a case because it would suck to add a case to an already pretty bulky phone. I pulled it out of my pocket once and it barely scraped my sweathshirt zipper and and it was like you dug out half of the chrome on one side. I dropped it on carpet and the back dented in about 2 mm. What a shitty quality phone. Plastic samsung=never again, even if i do love there screens. I loved my thunderbolt :(

          • Zoug68

            My Samsung Alias was buried in a snow pile for 8 weeks and still works.

    • yeahson

      Maybe you should just hope for the phone to be compatible with 2nd-init. 

      Doubt the bootloader will be unlocked and/or cracked anytime soon.

      • Sbenson1189

        The bionic is already rooted.

        • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

          Being rooted is not the same as having the bootloader unlocked.

        • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

          Being rooted is not the same as having the bootloader unlocked.

          • Alvin_exorcist

            i think you cant root if your bootloader is locked

  • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

    Has Honeycomb source been released yet? If not, why not release the code then get to ICS.

    • KevinC

      maybe because they’ve said multiple times that they’re not going to release the source for honeycomb

    • Anonymous

      Honeycomb was never intended to be released. It was only there to tide over tablet buyers until ICS comes out.

  • Anonymous

    ah stop talking about the nexus/droid prime a day before the bionic hits.  i was so sure of everything this morning!

  • Anonymous

    Google buys Moto. Google kills Bionic hype with ICS announcement. I guess all they truly cared about were the patents…

    • http://twitter.com/icecolddemon Phil Oakley

      I am confident that Google didn’t spend $12.5billion for patents.

    • http://twitter.com/il_Sole_Leone Stephen Box

      actually telling me I’d have to wait until Nov/Dec to get the Prime just killed the Prime for me.  My OG ain’t going to make it

      • Romma1

        Buy a cheap phone from ebay to tide you over till then, and sell it when the Prime comes.

      • Romma1

        Buy a cheap phone from ebay to tide you over till then, and sell it when the Prime comes.

    • Keith Sumner

      Right but please show me where moto or vzw said officially that the prime will be released on VZW :)

    • Anonymous

      Google buys Moto, Google tells you that ICS won’t be seen until November, meaning you won’t probably see the phone until CES, Google tells you that there is no sense in waiting.  

  • Anonymous

    “…internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason…”

    Hahaha

    • http://www.twitter.com/slinky317 slinky317

      It really makes me think that Eric wasn’t too involved in Android at Google and wasn’t aware of the naming schemes for each release.

      • EC8CH

        It makes me think he’s trying to be cute.

      • Anonymous

        I think he didn’t want to explain to a bunch of adults the juvenile naming scheme…

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the Bionic (or other pre-ICS phones) will be able to update to ICS. Anyone know? Perhaps it would just render the 4 front buttons useless or an either/or type of set up…

    • Anonymous

      Motorola (now Google) is one of the manufactures with the 18-month upgrade guarantee. So “YES”

  • http://profiles.google.com/chuckg73 Charles Gallagher

    I am going to have to make a decision….I have been waiting for the Bionic for over a year….Now all this news about a Nexus.  I have always wanted a Nexus but been on Verizon.  I guess I will wait a couple of weeks and see how this shakes out.  I really hope that Nexus comes to Verizon in its purest form.

    • Mctypething

      It won’t

      • Anonymous

        That is what I am afraid of

      • Anonymous

        u mad bro?

        • Mctypething

          no, r u mad bro?

  • Anonymous

    Good good, this will be the final solution in ending iOS…

    • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

      Less competition isnt better for consumers. Take off the Android shades and see what you just said was just ridiculous

      • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

        You are talking to a guy named Hitler about his COMMENT being ridiculous.

        • Anonymous

          I am in the business of mass executions, not sense

          • Mr.Joe

            You were more into eugenics.  Which at the time was very popular around the world.  Especially in the USA.

          • Granted

            You’re only into mass executions when you aren’t giving a rim job to a Hitler youth, during an occult ceremony. Hence your permanent Dirty Sanchez mustache.

  • Lugar

    Apple will likely sue Google for violating their patent on announcing upcoming software releases, and then releasing new phones to go with them.

    • Anonymous

      only if google loses the device in a bar first

      • nodnarb

        twice

      • EC8CH

        and then pose as police officers to rummage through some guys house and threaten to deport him

        • Anonymous

          and then search his house in mexico but only apple employees are allowed to go in

  • Dream

    Well this Pretty much insures the Prime will have ICS seeing Prime Means One.!!!

    • Anonymous

      Ummm… no it doesn’t (mean one), though I doubt there was anybody that did not believe that the Prime would be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device.  Though if ICS doesn’t arrive until late november, then you probably won’t see the Prime before CES.

  • Murphy

    So October 1st or November 30th? Which is it?

  • Topher

    Hello December 7th upgrade date :D

  • David Bavin

    tits

  • palomosan

    Now if He just would have said this…

    The Nexus Prime is our next Nexus phone and it’s coming with ICS.

    • Derp

      And is on Verizon…

      • Andy

        and is being released sept 8…

      • EC8CH

        and BOOM would have gone the dynamite

        • Mctypething

          u mad bro?

          • bad4u6669

            nope, hes jelly.

          • Anonymous

            Throw’n fliff…not even count’n it.

          • jelly

            No, I’m Jelly.

      • Stelv81

        Release date for Nexus Prime on Verizon: Nineteen Ninety Never. 

        Release date for the hindered dumbed down Droid Prime: January

        Verizon milking old technology to the very last drop = priceless

        • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

          AKA 299.99.

  • James_Ever

    Really looking forward to this…