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Nexus S Purchased on eBay Gives Us a 2-Minute Ice Cream Sandwich Preview (Video)

It was only a matter of time before someone jumped on eBay to buy a phone only to find that it came pre-loaded with the latest and for-the-most part unseen version of Android aka Ice Cream Sandwich.  The Nexus S pictured above and on video below was just released over at Engadget, giving us a fabulous look at Android 4.0 and all of its cyan-greenish tints, Honeycomb lock screen, recently used app scroller, and more.  

Some things we noticed right off the bat:

  • Lock screen lets you jump into the phone or straight to the camera – Apple kang, hah.
  • What is that Google Apps icon?  A shortcut to all things Google.
  • Dock has 4 standard apps – will assume they are interchangeable.
  • Notification bar has a quick settings button – hoping for easy wifi/bluetooth toggles.
  • App drawer is horizontal just like Honeycomb.
  • Widget previews in there as well.
  • Long press on Home gives you recently used app menu from HC. Looks great on a phone.
  • Settings menu has been broken up into sections.
  • Pressing Menu at home only had 3 options, one being wallpaper.
  • Seriously, Cyanogen needs to be paid for this color scheme. 🙂
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Via:  Engadget

  • Anonymous

    i really hope they didn’t replace the sound off feature on the lock screen for quick access to the camera.  i find myself using the sound off feature frequently – probably more so than the camera.

    • Anonymous

      just hold the power button and press sound off. very quick. you can do that even if the phone is locked

  • Booboolala2000

    Yeah. If Verizon doesn’t offer vanilla ICS,then it will be time to switch carriers.I can only imagine how bad touchwiz, blur and sense will slow this down.

    • Anonymous

      touchwiz doesnt slow down gb on the sgs2 so why do you think it would on the prime?

      • Alan Paone

        yes it does. Its just that the exynos is so absurdly fast that it works. Find some videos of CM7 on the GS2 and it will blow your mind

        • Anonymous

          No need to since there is no lag with touchwiz.

  • The Google Apps thing looks like some kind of folder. Maybe that’s how folders work in ICS.

  • Anonymous

    Why can’t people use a camera stand or lean it up against something to keep it STILL. The focus and quality really suck. Appreciate the effort though. 

  • mrz1125

    There is no way some guy just randomly bought this off ebay. He knows his way around it all to well. I say this is a tester and he decided to leak it…maybe someone will find it left in a bar???

    • Ntbohl

      we don’t know how long this guy had it though, right? I mean I’d become pretty comfortable with things like that in just a couple hours. especially if he just made a demo itinerary. I don’t do a lot of demos, but when I do at work (best buy mobile) I have cue cards on my lanyard to show certain customers certain features.

  • Anonymous

    Camera man sucks a wobbly dick

  • mouzz

    here is other video of ics running on a galaxys2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRQXD4YYHyw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • TripEm77

      That’s just the launcher. It’s not ICS.

      • mouzz

        yeah it seems to be the launcher.apk but u can get a better view in somethings that in the nexus vid

  • Anonymous

    In the words of Terry from Tacos Tacos Tacos…so “f” in sweet. Love the color scheme.

  • EC8CH

    “Seriously, Cyanogen needs to be paid for this color scheme.”

    Mix Gingerbread Green with Honeycomb Blue and you get Cyan-i-guess.

  • Jason Purp

    Gimme some TouchWiz on that, kthanks.

  • Emeraldjun

    I expected a bit more. 

  • I’m just going to assume from now on when kellex says he is “pretty sure” about something it’s a fact and he just can’t tell us yet =)…but anyways I’m pretty sure this is real and I’m pretty sure I like it.

  • Thracks

    ADW Honeybread theme, ICS launcher from XDA and widget locker.

  • it looks legit to me, look at the google apps shortcut.  someone who knows what theyre looking at needs to get a hold of the build and check it out.

  • if you want to see if you like it on your phone download honeycomb launcher it has it and i actually liked it

  • Fg2srt4


  • rikster

    very nice, yeah i think this i real looks like a stripped down type of android feel. camera ui still looks kinda sucky, but i do like the new menu layout and how it has the blue outline. i likey!!!

  • this diquise has been pissing me off wont let me log into my twitter account

  • works for me from link on my xoom

  • J Dub

    VId works for me. Def gets me excited. ICS looks like it will be great stock. Lets hope VZW doesn’t screw it up. Bring on the Galaxy Prime. 

    • EC8CH

      Galaxy Nexus you mean 😉

    • VZW dosn’t apply custom skins, OEMs do.

  • Mrhug3

    My Bionic wants an ice cream sandwich.

    • And a new screen,.

      • EC8CH


      • Anonymous

        Screen is fine, I would know as I actually own and use it, unlike you.

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    If it’s just a skin, then the developer needs to step up! It’s a kick-ass skin!
    If it’s legit, then I can’t wait to get it!

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap this is awesomesauce. It effectively mixes Gingerbread and Honeycomb. I can only hope it’s ported to the DroidX (OR I get the Galaxy Nexux/Droid Prime/Nexus Prime/Whatever it’s called).

  • Telephoneteck

    Now getting my tb update seems like such a let down : (

  • Jordan

    i don’t see software buttons…could this be bc it’s on a phone with physical buttons? and on a buttonless display, the software buttons pop up? otherwise, id find it very difficult navigate/masturbate to

  • Anonymous

    It looks pretty legit to me, pretty much what I’d imagine if my HC tablet merged with my phone. The only things that have me on edge are the app thumbnails instead of icons in the multi-task menu and widget thumbnails instead of text. If widgets are grouped by app name (like they are in cyanogenMOD) then it will be awesome, if it’s just a graphical implementation of the current style this is going to suck because some apps have like 10 different widget sizes and you have to scroll through all of them.

    What’s funny was when I was reading my Android feeds this morning I was like “where’s all the ICS info?!?” since I haven’t heard anything about it in a few days and then bam this shows up!

  • Anonymous

    Now we need blurry shots of the galaxy Nexus with this OS running stock. 


  • Anonymous

    Video is now on our Youtube account.  Should be able to watch it for days. 🙂

    • tanknspank

      Thanks kellex.

  • Ben

    Not digging the new dock’s appearance — too reminiscent of TouchWiz for me.

    Quite frankly I like green better… and I’m not digging the –o– design on the notification bar pull-down either. The features are superb, and I’ll always support Android, but I wish that they were implemented in a more stylish way. I actually like the way Gingerbread looks, and I felt like buliding off of that would’ve been better.

    Oh well, I’m still pumped!

  • tanknspank

    The google apps shortcut looks more like a new folder layout. Remember how the old leaks had that on the dock all the way to the right with different icons in it?

  • The options when pressing Menu at home are “Wallpaper”, “Manage Apps” and “Help”.
    (I’m missing my settings shortcut :/)

    • blakjakdavy

      It’s in the notification pulldown.

  • Luukkee

    New Build looks pretty legittt

  • works again and again for me on firefox.. dont know why some people cant see

  • Videos is gone…

  • Anonymous

    Video does not work on chrome, but works on other browsers. Ironic!

    • Keith Sumner

      worked on my chrome!

  • ss2

    looks fake to me. Engadget has an image of the about screen the shows the android version as IceCreamSandwhich. When have they ever used that instead of the version number?

    • what is it then if its a fake? a really nice theme? I dunno looks pretty legit to me.

      • Granted

        Yet but even if that’s true, some dude didn’t buy it off ebay, that is just idiotic to believe in.

    • Anonymous

      Because they haven’t decided on a number yet, although we are pretty sure it’s 4.0.

      • Anonymous

        I have to ask how we are pretty sure its 4.0 when Google hasn’t even decided if this is indeed a real ICS build?

      • Anonymous

        Anything other than a 4.0 worthy software would be a letdown. You can’t merge a tablet and phone OS but keep the numbering scheme on a phone OS. Unless they don’t plan to have ICS on both phones and tablets.

    • It’s called pre release software, hence they are using the codename. I’d say it looks legit.

    • Trebor Waihee – Yanazaki

      I feel like they do that a lot while testing new OS versions. It’s even more believable if they haven’t decided what version they will call this yet. 4.0? 3.5? 

      • Manny

        I think it’d make more sense to have the version be numbered 4.0 simply because tablets SHOULD be able to use it. It’d make little sense to downgrade. It might appear bad to your average consumer who says “omg i*hone went from 4 to 5 and Cyborg went from 3.1 to 2.4 lolsobad”. Just my 2 cents!

        And yes, the average consumer would think that. Just like how my brother thinks his iPhone 4 is 4G… -_-

    • Keith Sumner

      If it’s really spelled that way I agree that it’s fake. It’s spelled “Sandwich” not “Sandwhich”

    • Hope you ment IceCreamSandwich*

    • Well lets see, you can edit the build.prop to say ANYTHING you want. Obviously they’re not going to just leak the build numbers and all the info out for the whole world to see. Think about it

  • Laaka

    that is sexy. i hope he dumps it so we can get some roms going

  • fartbubbler


  • Sean

    i can’t tell if i like it or if it’s TOO much like Honeycomb.

  • Alessandro Barone

    The apps icon is just the new folder interface.

  • Need system dump asap.

  • Murphy

    I just sh*t myself.

  • Marvinaire


  • Anonymous

    I want to watch the video. 🙁

  • Stephen D

    I think it is legit. If it is, he needs to do a system dump and give it to the devs.

  • Anonymous

    Noooooooooo…the video isnt working

  • tanknspank

    Video isn’t available anymore kellex.. Can we get another link? 😀

    • Anonymous

      damn that was quick i just watched it not more than two minutes ago. Very legit looking though.

    • Anonymous

      The link worked for me.

      • tanknspank

        I get a big VIDEO NOT AVAILABLE after clicking it, and many on the engadget article did too.. :/

    • tanknspank

      It’s working now.. Shit is playing games with me..

      Though I swear, I wasn’t crazy. 


  • Somebody needs to show that guy how to do a system dump.

    • +1,000,000,000,001 to this.

    • Anonymous

      Hehe, you said, “dump.”

      • Anonymous

        I am the great cornholio, I need tp for my bunghole.

    • someone needs to show him how to hold a camera still!


      • John


    • Ntbohl

      seriously, how nice does “CM8” sound? go ahead, say it out loud and tell me you don’t smile

    • Anonymous

      On a side note. As legit as this looks I can’t help but notice that he avoided going to the “about phone” section to show us the version of Android he is running like all good leak artists do. It could just be a very impressive ROM w/ all the “rumored” add-on’s of ICS. It just makes me go hmmmmmm.

      • You have a very good point.  It definitely looks legit, yet no about phone info.

        • Anonymous

          Just pulled this from engadget. Notice how the Android version says IceCreamSandwich and NOT the decimal format that all the rest use: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.0 etc..


          • Good catch, I noticed that along with the build number listed, its possible it only says that since its something of a beta.  Who knows.

          • Anonymous

            What is also interesting is the 3.x kernel on the phone. Jerry from Android Central was saying in one of the podcasts that the kernel just came out for linux this summer and is still being properly integrated into the different distros so having it on Android would be a long shot. I guess we will find out in a couple of weeks if its real.

          • John Malin

            It could be that it is still a test build so they used the ‘code name’ instead of the version number

          • moosestuff

            Linux kernel 3 is in most distros coming out this or next month. So with a company like Google leading the development it could happen.

          • rstat1

            Have you ever actually seen the about box of an unreleased version of Android? They don’t apply the version numbers till release time.

            I even said this over on that same Engadget article.

      • Anonymous

        Going to about phone wouldn’t really prove anything. If it was a really a homemade rom, then he could easily fake the about phone info.

    • Granted

      If it wasn’t a fake publicity leak from Google, I’m sure they would. The fact that this person didn’t do a system dump is evidence enough of that fact.

    Edit: They removed the 3D app drawer and went side scrolling…WHY?!

    • Anonymous

      Eh, I hardly EVER open the app drawer just cause it’s kind of annoying to use, I like the idea that I can just swipe over and I don’t even have to think about how far over the icons will move they will always be in the same space on the grid if that makes any sense.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, that implementation is nice on my 10″ transformer but I don’t know how it will be on a 4″ phone since you can’t fit a lot in such a small space. If they shrink the thumbnails down to the point where you can have more on the screen, what’s the point of having thumbnails if you can’t see them?

      •  someone needs to show him how to hold a camera still!

        • Granted

          No, if Google had done it professionally, it would “appear”to be a “real”person that somehow stumbled upon the newest OS. Unless of course you actually fall for these lame stunts.

    • Trebor Waihee – Yanazaki

      Ya, I like the pages for the app drawer better because it’s a little easier to remember where everything is and you aren’t just flicking until you see the icon you want. On a human interaction level I think it’s easier to think “oh, this app is on page 3” then to mentally try to figure out where it is on a list which doesn’t have a clear indication of relative position.

      As far as the app switcher, I don’t mind just having three previews since I normally am switching between only the most recent 3 or 4 apps anyway.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I’m alone, but I’m not very impressed at all. All the hype around Duarte and design and ICS in general for a Gingerfrankencomb? We’ve waited a while for something it looks like Cyanogen could have whipped up in a week.

      • Anonymous

        It’s because they are holding things out for jelly bean. I figured it wouldn’t have that much wow factor since they are rushing it to compete with iPhone.

        • Anonymous

          Sadly then it sounds like Android is slowly becoming like BlackBerry then, those oh-so-wanted-overhauls are always in the next release. Repeat. Other than JIT in Froyo, I feel really not much has fundamentally changed since 2.0.1 two years ago. It’s time for Android to take the next big step forward, and I just don’t see it here. 

          • Anonymous

            Agree maybe this is an early build but it doesnt have the wow factor or make me be in a rush to get it. I will see how it looks on the prime then decide.