Google CEO Hypes Android Ice Cream Sandwich as Release Set
Looks like the Ice Cream Sandwich party is back on. After cancelling the original Ice Cream Sandwich launch, Google and Samsung have picked a new date in October. And this time, there’s a little whipped cream on top: Google CEO Larry Page dropped hints that Android 4.0 will truly surprise users …
Google and Samsung have picked Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, as the new launch date for Ice Cream Sandwich and the alleged Nexus Prime phone. While I speculated that the Kindle Fire and other technologies may have been the reason for the pause, it turns out some of it may have been out of respect for the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Meanwhile, reports are flooding in that Google CEO Larry Page said, “… you won’t believe what we managed to get done in this release,” when discussing Android on Google’s Q3 earnings call. Ladies and gentlemen, start your speculation engines — Page’s comment seems to confirm my initial theory that Google plans to turn up the Android volume to 11.
What has Google managed to cram into the little green robot? A betting man might guess it’s something that rivals — or at least comes close to — Apple’s Siri. I personally would settle for a complete overhaul of the GUI to remove the ever-present graphical lag I’ve found in every Android device. It drives me nuts. But I also believe Google spent time integrating a variety of services into Android. For example, now that iOS has ubiquitous Twitter integration, Android may need a similar social networking feature that doesn’t seem like just an “add-on” via a notification system or a widget.
I’m pulling for some seriously groundbreaking features, but I think Android will still be playing catch-up with iOS 5. Fun fact: Apple is so sure it’s going into the holiday season a winner that Tim Cook is giving all employees in the United States the entire Thanksgiving week off. I hope Larry Page’s words won’t haunt him.