A few screenshots have been leaked onto the internet, purporting to show Google’s upcoming next version of Android in the flesh.
Android 4.0, theoretically, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – Google’s snack choices seem to be getting more tempting – was grabbed and leaked to Android Police and RootzWiki who published the screens.
These could, of course, be falsified but the fact that both sites have different shots and claim their sources are very sound doesn’t suggest this is the case.
The grabs, showing the upcoming OS on a Nexus S, certainly look authentic. This is an early working build of Ice Cream Sandwich, though, so doesn’t exactly show the finished product in action.
It does reveal some interesting snippets, however, such as the fact that the menus are themed with a blue colour rather than the traditional green. Which seems like a slightly strange move.
The shots also show a revamped notification bar, a redesigned launcher and app drawer, and the fact that the camera now has a built-in panorama mode.
Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to first emerge on Google’s next smartphone, the Nexus Prime, with other Android devices such as the Nexus S following.
Android 4.0 ICS is designed to bring together the two strands of Android which have formed of late. Namely Honeycomb 3.x which is designed specifically for tablets, and smartphones which have had to stay on 2.x (Gingerbread) due to the slate-centric nature of Honeycomb.
ICS will unify these two forks in the road, with one OS designed to rule all, from 4 inch to 10 inch displays. Google is expected to push out the new operating system before the end of 2011.