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Android Team to Developers: Time to get make your Honeycomb apps compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s coming

We are getting close to an Ice Cream Sandwich release!  The Android Developers team just released a post to let application devs know that if they have built apps specifically for Honeycomb (Android 3.0) in the past, that they need to think about either making them big screened compatible only or tweak them slightly to also work with smaller-screened devices.  ICS will merge the tablet and phone experience into one, so if app devs want their work to reach more people, then now is the time to start preparing them.

There weren’t any actual mentions of a release date for the ICS SDK, but it sounds like it is just around the corner.  And if there was any confusion on what would happen to Honeycomb going forward, I would say that these two lines sum it up nicely:  “…the way Android will stay from now on: the same version runs on all screen sizes,” and “an app developed for Honeycomb is compatible with a device running ICS, which could be a tablet, a phone, or something else.”  ICS is taking over, folks.

Oh, and is this preview of the blue a sign of things to come?  

Via:  Android Developers

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  • is there any chance that motorola xooms will get the update since google now owns motorola?

  • Anonymous

    The blue is just a typical color that google uses for those kind of illustrations. nothing more, nothing less. you will not see that on ICS.

  • droidftw

    the article title is worded wrong.

  • The idea of having touchwiz is kinda making this phone not look to good…it sucks verizon won’t just give us stock

    • Anonymous

      This post has nothing to do with a phone. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime Etc… is supposed to be the first ICS device, but can we leave this petty bitching out of at least one post?

  • Anonymous

    That image above shows a device with all 4 soft keys… I thought ICS was ditching the soft keys? hmmmmm

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Time to Get Make ?

    • Anonymous

      I noticed that too, but didn’t want to be that guy. 😛

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I don’t mind being that guy since they want to pass this off as a credible Android site. Having a very obvious error that simple proof reading would have caught just makes the site look like a hack job.

        • Anonymous

          Judging from your comment history your glass is obviously half empty and full of piss.  I don’t like everything DL does but clearly you’re in need of another outlet for your free time.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            My glass is completely full of urine, thank you very much.

  • Android Owners to Phone Manufacturers-Time to make your Gingerbread OS’s work on your phones.

  • Kerst01

    Whatever, Verizon. Here’s an idea, how about instead of pushing out OS after OS, you do things like, oh I don’t know, maybe get my frigging Xoom up on running on 4G?! Or at least get the thing to where it actually runs Netflix?! Said it before and I will say it again: I should have just gone with an ipad2 and an iphone…

    • Anonymous

      Netflix should work for you, it works on my Transformer. Maybe you should have gotten a Transformer since  it’s essentially the same as the Xoom but $200 cheaper.

    • Netflix works on my xoom for some time…if you want an iPhone and I pad get one no one will care…its all about personal preference anyway

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think Verizon is making this OS buddy…

    • Verizon got thier LTE network going, I think you mean Motorola needs to update your Xoom.

    • What on earth are you blathering about? Why are you yelling at Verizon for Google updating their operating system? Or for Netflix not supporting your device (it does, btw)? Or for you being stupid enough to buy a product based on what a company promises it *will* do and not satisfaction with what it does on launch?

      Said it before and I’ll say it again; if you are incapable of researching before making a decision and being satisfied with what you get, you shouldn’t buy anything… You’d just complain about the iPhone/iPad too.

  • Kris Brandt

    We’ve heard about the merging of Tablet and Phone Android so there is only one platform for awhile now.  So the thing from here isn’t “What’s it going to look like?” but “We’re going to see ICS soon.”  To the average user, this announcement won’t really affect us in any way other than “I wonder when.”  For developers, its “We need to be compatible before it comes out, and soon.”  So, not really exciting, per say, but definitely nice to know that ICS is almost here.

  • i sure hope that blue is just for emphasis. I hate it. Not a huge fan of the green but the blue makes the screen look like something out of, God help us, Windows Phone 7…

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, I didn’t mind the hints of green for GB but if they’re going to make it overly blue like the pics it’s getting replaced with a rom instantly.

  • Anonymous

    Honeycomb was clearly a stop-gap for the tablet space.

    • Anonymous

      They should have enough left over xooms to fill that gap now…

      • Anonymous

        Looks like they are using a XOOM outline.  Hey Kellex, is this what you mean when you say XOOM would be first to get updates?  If so, hypebeast this news flash: XOOM first to ICS (on paper of course)

  • SPN

    Dumb question – will the Droid X receive the ICS update? Since older phones may not receive updates..

    • Probably not officially but I am sure a ICS sandwich rom will be made for it. Most likely Cyanogenmod 8.

      • Why bother? Cyanogen looks the same as Froyo or GB.

        • Anonymous

          That’s because that’s what it is, GB.  When it hits 8 it’s because it’ll be ICS and look the part.

        • Get out of town are you serious? Well hmmmm the reason they look like Froyo and GB would be why?……. PROBABLY because they’re based off the same AOSP source code…… When ICS comes out Cyan8 will look like???????????………… You’ve guess it ICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Root

          Are you dull?

    • Anonymous

      I doubt it. I can see us getting some maintenance patches/updates for Gingerbread, but not the next OS. But yeah, CM8 would mostly be available and hopefully it’ll be usable.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t see even some the newer phones getting ICS actually