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Eric Schmidt confirms ICS for October or November (w/ video of full Dreamforce interview)

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Eric Schmidt confirms ICS for October or November (w/ video of full Dreamforce interview)
Eric Schmidt is a dream for journalists. He is constantly giving out great quotes and sound bytes, regardless if he means to or not. In his recent interview at the Dreamforce conference, Eric went through an overview of the history of Android and even let it slip that Ice Cream Sandwich is almost ready and will be released in either October or November. 

This information jives perfectly with everything that we've heard about ICS and the Nexus Prime/DROID Prime, which will be the flagship device for the new version of the OS. It's definitely good to hear that everything is still on track. And, even better is the bit where Eric said it may be released in November, meaning that Google is not rushing the device for an arbitrary meeting with the iPhone 5. Rather, Google will be focusing on getting its own software right, not worrying about a competitor that continues to fall behind in market share (and to the oncoming comment flamers, please note we are talking about market share, not features, quality or anything else. Those things are opinion, we talk in hard numbers.)

The interview with Schmidt is very interesting, so if you want, we've included the video below. The comment about ICS is at about the 30 minute mark. 


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posted on 07 Sep 2011, 16:29

1. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Hope the droid prime comes out in october and with gorilla glass. Anyone know what ICS is going to bring to the table?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 16:47

2. Kjayhawk (Posts: 287; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


its going to make the ui look a lot nicer more like honeycomb. It will likely be a complete change from the current ui

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:38

6. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


i also heard rumors about face recognition, that would be awesome too

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 20:00

9. yeasame (unregistered)


yea i hope it comes out in oct. so i can compare the HTC Vigor and rh Droid Prime ................. i cant wait until November i been waiting too long as it is for the Galaxy S2 which we all know is not coming to verizon.. so pretty much if the Droid Prime doesnt come out in Oct... i will just get the HTC Vigor

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 16:58

3. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Agree 100%... Gorilla Glass is pretty much a must for me, with my banged up OG droid (everything is a mess except for the glass:)

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:16

4. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Sounds like a good plan.. its best to focus on making it right than to try and throw it out now and have all kinds of bugs ..

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:41 2

15. remixfa (Posts: 13906; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


why would they rush it? I had issue with that sentiment when PA had that article a while ago about "should they" rush it.

heck no.

your the market leader and widening that lead every day.. not shrinking it. Take your time. ICS is taking android in a whole new direction from its predicessor updates so it needs time to churn and get nice n rich n creamy and lay perfectly on that chocolate cookie crust...mmmmMMMMmmm...

eeeeeeeerr... I mean anything other than taking their time and launching a primo prime time product is only going to allow Apple to catch up or even WP7 to get some extra sales...

Who cares if it launches before or after iOS5. Apple's next OS is just ripping off androids OLD ideas while android charts off in a whole new direction.


and yes, im sure it may make 1 extra person buy bada. :)

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:25

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Indeed there is no need to rush it when you have a huge share cap, and everyone eyes is on your product and expect a lot

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 19:49

7. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


What I'm more interested in is the next Honeycomb update. Since I hear ICS will be a fusion of Gingerbread and Honeycomb so UI's end up more similar. What does this mean for Honeycomb tablets and mobile app compatibility?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 20:25 2

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2673; Member since: 26 May 2011)


ICS will be on all devices. It's not just a fusion in that it brings the best of Honeycomb to phones, it will be the one OS for all devices, so devs write the app once and it scales to all devices.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:37

13. remixfa (Posts: 13906; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


It also brings true dual core support and 3d acceleration, so all dual core phones should get a pretty healthy performance boost since android in its current form doesnt really do either of those.

and.. uh.. what he said :)

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:38

14. remixfa (Posts: 13906; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i mean dual core optimization, not support.. sorry.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 00:13

17. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well I doubt that old 600Mhz phones will get to run it, though. I think the min. system requirements would be 1Ghz single core and about 512 Mb of ram.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:09 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 13906; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ive heard the facial recognition thing too.. is there any support for that Michael??

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 09:49

21. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2673; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Google has mentioned facial recognition, but it's unclear if that's going to be a security measure, or like the tech used in Hangouts on G+ to focus on who is speaking in a group video session. I wouldn't be surprised by either.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 20:44

11. jroc74 (Posts: 4780; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Did anybody else look at the pic of the ice cream sandwich and all of a sudden get hungry? Damn...

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 00:05 1

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2673; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I didn't pick it just because of the article topic. That thing looks tasty.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 00:14

18. ilia1986 (unregistered)


RRrrr.. Me hungry. : )

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 20:47

12. Socialite (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


This is an excellent addition to the android software portfolio. Can't wait to see android's numbers crush the competition...

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 03:45

19. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Fantastic stuff, Mike. It is only then I shall consider buying an Android tablet. I don't want the iPad/2/3/4 or whatever. The SGT 10.1 is very much tantalizing!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 21:51

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6497; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That ICE Cream looks delicious

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