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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

  • BRYAN K

    Seems like a lot of work to fake something that is coming out in a few weeks.  Probably a development version of ICS.

  • Anonymous

    Assuming this is really a pre-release version of ICS, I really don’t get why people would think this is “not that different” just from a 2 minute video showing you basic things. By the same logic Froyo to Gingerbread was a just a theme and new app drawer.

    The coolest thing that I think Google did from Froyo to GB is add a much nicer and very effective voice search. Something like that might not be shown in a video such as this.

    You haven’t seen what Google has changed. You don’t know if its coded different. Actually the only thing I don’t want to see just happens to be the only thing that I want Google to change, and that is lag/ smooth interface.

    I find it hilarious how so many people now think they are experts about ICS and have the knowledge to make an informed decision about an unreleased product.

  • Jed

    Im bored, thats all I have to look forward to with ICS? My penis didnt move once while watching that video.

  • Anonymous

    Engadget is now reporting that the tipster’s device was somehow locked and wiped… If that’s true, it sounds like this is the real deal. I’m betting it’s a publicity stunt.

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  • Hicks09

    This is what it is:

    http://syndicateapps.com/main/index.html 

    It’s a home launcher, nothing else.

    • Tyczj

      Then how do you explain the lockscreen, or the google Widgets that only work on homeycomb?

  • Michael

    HMMMM, Samsung teams up with Google for Nexus phones, Samsung hires Cyanogen, new Android ICS coming to new Samsung Nexus phone. Seriously, they just need to give the phone to Cyanogen, then ship it to consumers after he’s done.

  • Anonymous

    That blue/cyan needs to be toned down a little, especially in the pull-down notification. The line is too thick; it could be a little thinner and more subtle.

    SUBTLE is the keyword.

  • Anonymous

    ummm settings…about phone….build…os version….would have been the first thing i would have shown to prove it. looks like a cool rom though…attention grabbers. wonder if he got what he wanted???

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if this is a fake. Sure seems like it. However no one has seen ICS run before. It’s very easy to call a fake on a blurry cam but that was a lot to soak in. Plus it seems like everything that has been said about ICS. A phone version with HC options and utilities. Although I will say that if someone did manage to pull all of those features out of what could be ICS and Into a rom release that shit! Can you say instant best rom available for any phone with those features? Infact to be able to be creative enough to add all that an have it still run as smooth as it did is impressive.

  • Tyczj

    so what happened to there being no need for buttons anymore? Yes i realize this is a nexus s but would you be able to see something that replaces them?

    I guess that is one feature that will not be in ICS

    • Alan Paone

      would you rather that the buttons took up all your screen like they do on the i*hone?
      Seriously, *every* app needs back and menu functions, so why not put them in the otherwise useless dead space outside the screen? Android has this exactly right, and I don’t see that changing any time soon

      • Tyczj

        Well I’m just saying that was rumored to be a feature in is like honeycomb

  • P5stover

    Anyone try calling the 806# in the notification menu?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667432104 Albert Kilger

    Cool, new GUI.  However, I am sick of the same cookie cutter crap.  I love android, but there is little to no innovation coming from them.  Apps are the absolute last thing they put time into.  As much as I love android, Apple is number 1 and rightfully so.  They have a phone that lasts over 2 days on what most of you consider heavy usage, and almost never crashed.  I have to restart android daily to keep stability.  I hope to God they put some effort into this OS and didn’t just make it in the last 5-6 months.  Quality takes time.

    • Killer_of_monsters

      Apple is not number one.. if you like apple so much then go and buy a iphone and stay off android sites

    • http://twitter.com/droid1967 Droid 1967

      this is funny.  
      first take a look at the charts and let me know if apple is number 1.
      second wait until you see ios5, youll think its android they have copied so much from it so tell me who is not innovating.
      third the battery in the iphone is huge and much bigger compacity than in the android phones. this is why they last longer. we have the option of carrying a spare battery or 2 or 10 to go without charging you dont have that with iphones.  
      and finally if your android phone is crashing than blame the maker of the phone because a well programmed android phone doesnt crash. my droid was up 228 hours before it crashed and it was netflix that crashed it not android.
      if you want to be an apple fanboy thats cool just come with some true facts next time and we might listen.

  • LOVEICECREAMSANDWICH

    I wonder if the phone comes in STRAWBERRY OR CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA OR MAYBE NEAPOLITAN

  • Anonymous

    My guess is the rom is real but the eBay story is fake.

  • Balls

    why is the home button on the right?! GAH another button setup to get used to

    • KevinC

      wtf are you talking about, it’s a nexus s.  it’s always been like that.

  • d2user

    Even shooting the video without help: there has 2 be a way to keep things in focus and keep the whole phone in the viewfinder while recording. Not impressed. Even though looking forward to ICS

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    The really great and understated thing about Ice Cream Sandwich, is that Google will once again return to releasing the source code to the world. They skipped doing so with Honeycomb, because they didn’t want everyone shoe horning a tablet OS onto phones when it wasn’t designed or quite ready to work on phones. 

    So they held back the source code and to this day have not released Honeycomb source. That’s why some Honeycomb ROM ports have experienced some difficulty. 

    Ice Cream sandwich should change that and hopefully we will see the next Cyanogen Mod skipping Honeycomb and going directly to Ice Cream Sandwich. That means a lot of current devices will be graced with Ice Cream sandwich. 

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    The really great and understated thing about Ice Cream Sandwich, is that Google will once again return to releasing the source code to the world. They skipped doing so with Honeycomb, because they didn’t want everyone shoe horning a tablet OS onto phones when it wasn’t designed or quite ready to work on phones. 

    So they held back the source code and to this day have not released Honeycomb source. That’s why some Honeycomb ROM ports have experienced some difficulty. 

    Ice Cream sandwich should change that and hopefully we will see the next Cyanogen Mod skipping Honeycomb and going directly to Ice Cream Sandwich. That means a lot of current devices will be graced with Ice Cream sandwich. 

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    It’s very Honeycomb-ish

  • Anonymous

    I also noticed there’s a backup and reset setting in the settings and the Messaging app looks to have a very different interface. Also, a ‘People’ app? I guess a rebranded contacts app. Another thing about when you press the menu button is the other two options are ‘Manage Apps’ and ‘Help’

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    This guy is clearly the worst camera man ever I mean seriously i just wanted to slap the Sh^t out of him and it seems like he has never used a android phone before.

  • http://twitter.com/tanujrocks Tanuj Chokshi

    I dont really like the design of the new UI and launcher. I liked how gingerbread looked. 

    • http://twitter.com/reggie1225 Reginald Jefferson

      I like it, gingerbreads launcher was too plain along with the UI.

    • Anonymous

      i liked how gingerbread looked too but i like how the tablet and phone versions now finally look alike. i dont like how they made 2 different UI changes with gingerbread and honeycomb. the gingerbread theme really didnt last long at all.

  • Dustin carney

    so, who is in touch with this guy to get him to do a system dump???

  • Ben

    http://syndicateapps.com/main/ICS_Launcher.html
    Is this just a fake video?

    “Android Version: IceCreamSandwich” seems wrong somehow…

  • Anonymous

    October 11th can’t come soon enough.  I’ll tell you what though.  For what is most likely nothing close to a final build, that thing is smooth.  I’m he didn’t load a ton on it or anything, but still.

  • Matthew Morrison

    was hoping for more of an overhaul. A step past past honeycomb rather than just putting honeycomb to a phone but still VERY EXCITED FOR THIS!

  • Klostehroff

    The long press on home for recently used apps is from gingerbread. It was that way on my X and us that way on my bionic.

    • KevinC

      My Droid did this on Android 2.0.

  • Anonymous

    Nice mod, but im wondering what the real update will look like when CTIA starts!!  :) Although it may a version in test phase.. im pretty sure the final version will be whole lot better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickclyde Nick Clyde

    Man, ICS is sexy. Can’t wait to get it on my Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    If this is it, I won’t feel so bad about buying the Vigor day one instead of waiting on the prime. ICS is just Gingerbread with a custom theme/lock screen.

  • Kixofmyg0t

    I’m calling BS. I think it’s fake.

    Really now….a Nexus S running a unreleased OS ended up on eBay?

    Yeah RIIIIIGHT..

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    This is akin to Kim Kardashians sex tape ‘leaking’ out. Publicity prior to iphone 5 release.

  • jbonics

    #1 get drunk (long day). #2 continue to find bugs on test phone. #3 F it make a video liquid courage is great. #4 surf porn and look for new job.

  • Anonymous

    ugg hate the blue.. :/

  • Greg

    Can someone create a dock with that white line that I could use? Just saying….

  • Anonymous

    I really want to see notifications in full screen apps. That’s one thing that i DO like about i*S 5. 

  • Anonymous

    sign me up for the prime! :DDDD

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Haha. Yeah, Thunderbolt is the best! No, wait…Bionic is the best! No, wait…. Prime is the.. oh never mind.

      • LickHerMeatFlaps

        Yeah, the story of DL.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    i dont think its fake…if it was a rom i would think it would be buggy/laggy

    • Anonymous

      Most roms out there are less laggy than what any oem puts out. Just saying.

  • GingerBiscuit

    now we know this ICS update is more to merge the OS rather than overhaul anything… im sure some poeple were expecting more but I had a feeling it was gonna turn out like this. More similar of a jump from 2.2 to 2.3 than 2.1 to 2.2 if ya know what I mean…

  • TACHHHHHOOOOOBOOIII

    If that is a ROM somebody has wayyyy too much time on their hands.  Lets face it, that is real.  I would rather have that phone above than the Nexus Galexy, Driod Prime whatever thing.  Perfect size (not a 4.65″ tank that won’t fit in my pockets), and the whole front is a screen.  :::goes to ebay:::

  • Trdracer21

    thats fake its a rom….

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

    does this guy look like hes struggling big time with using this phone?

  • Anonymous

    It looks real to me. Although, I never did check out that Ice Cream sandwich launcher/home replacement app from a few weeks back. Lets not forget that its a developer phone and they released ICS to dev’s to toy with/develop for(obviously) but, they were told to keep a lid on it. So, I’m gonna say real deal on this. P.S here’s the link to the I.C.S launcher.http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1268003

  • Anonymous

    I call fa- oh wait. Did that thing really do the multi-app preview?

  • Atrain729

    Noticed the honeycomb Google search up top wonder if it will stay across homescreens also if you keep that why eliminate the + and app drawer shortcuts up there?

  • http://twitter.com/DrBaconator Dr.Prof.Baconator
  • Anonymous

    now im so pumped for the galaxy nexus / prime whatever

  • Bill Morrow

    I think I got motion sick watching that video.

    And I want an ice cream sandwhich.  No really, it made me hungry thinking about it.

    I think that when the Bionic gets the update, Verizon should send ice cream sandwhiches to all the Bionic owners.  Or, maybe have an ice cream sandwhich event with free ice cream sandwhiches in their retail stores.

    Yeah.  :)