Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, is due out on Google’s new flagship Galaxy Nexus phone next month.
And it will be arriving on other devices very shortly after the Galaxy phone’s release, including the last Nexus, the ‘S’. However, the Nexus One doesn’t pack powerful enough hardware to cope with the refreshed OS.
According to an article on the Telegraph, Ice Cream Sandwich will be delivered to the Nexus S within a time frame of weeks, close on the heels of the launch of the Galaxy Nexus.
Other companies are announcing the availability of Ice Cream Sandwich in short order after the operating system’s release on the Galaxy Nexus, on both smartphones and tablets. This version of Android unifies the two fragmented strands of the platform, Gingerbread and Honeycomb, to make one OS for all devices.
The Acer Iconia tablets are all set to receive Android 4.0 in January 2012, according to reports which cite the company’s Polish operation as a source.
Asus isn’t about to let its slate range fall behind, either, with the OS apparently coming to the Transformer tablet, according to Pocket Lint.
Motorola has been reported as saying on Twitter that it’ll be releasing devices carrying Ice Cream Sandwich this side of Christmas.
And no doubt other companies have similar plans in the pipeline, as Android 4.0 offers a good deal in the upgrade department to try and keep pace with iOS 5.
In fact, the Ice Cream treat boasts some pretty novel features, such as facial recognition security, NFC transfer of data such as websites between two handsets in close proximity, and support for USB gaming controllers.
In theory, the latter could turn your Galaxy Nexus into a games console, with a controller connected and the HDMI output hooked up to your TV.
O2 has just announced it will be stocking the Galaxy Nexus with a coming soon page, with the release date simply listed as November at this stage. Three was the first network to announce that it will be stocking the phone, alongside last week’s launch event.