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Ice Cream Sandwich debut moved up to October to compete with the Apple iPhone?

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Ice Cream Sandwich debut moved up to October to compete with the Apple iPhone?
A source for BGR is saying that Google, possibly feeling the heat from an expected late September/early October launch of the Apple iPhone 5, is planning on moving up the release of Ice Cream Sandwich and the early devices that will be powered by the latest Android build. One possibility is that a next-gen model of the Nexus line will be the first or among the first handsets to rollout with the latest Android build.

While at this point everything pertaining to an Ice Cream Sandwich launch is mere speculation, we wouldn't be surprised to see a launch of an early Ice Cream Sandwich device on Verizon since the carrier will have a large number of ready made buyers with all of those Motorola DROID owners coming up to the 2 year anniversary of their purchase. And of course, Verizon will presumably be one of the carriers that will be offering the Apple iPhone 5 when it is launched. Google will want to re-up those Motorola DROID owners with expiring contracts before they get a gander of what the next iPhone might bring.

source: BGR

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posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:07 1

1. CJVILA (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


well we just have to wait to see how the ice cream its going to be even do the new iphne 5 will work too.....

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:24 7

6. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


In English?

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 17:26 5

19. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


WTF did you just say?

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:37 2

34. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I'm sorry but I gotta say it. If you can't speak English, I understand. But please don't even try to if you can't make a complete sentence.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 06:04 1

70. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


Your own English isn't so hot either, maybe you shouldn't bother too.

If you have nothing better to do than shoot down someone, who's probably a 10 year old kid from a non English speaking country then don't waste your time, you jackass.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:08 1

2. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Verizon has contracts for 2 years but upgrades every 20 months. If they wanted an iphone they got one already or are waiting for the iphone 5

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:12 2

3. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


I have verizon and can upgrade my two year plan, every 11 months.
Bought my DroidX release day last July and got th ok to upgrade June 3. Just waiting for something worth my time

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:14 1

4. CJVILA (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


like what a htc blackberry or a nokia

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:39 1

8. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Never BB. Like the looks of the Bionic Targa, and would like the GS2 to come to Big Red.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:43 3

15. justj (unregistered)


Wow! Really? If there is a shot at Ice Cream, And the SGS2 will probley NEVER get it's release, and if it does, it will stay on Gingerbread, Oh Say, FOREVER, so why are people still acting interested in this OLD piece of garbage?? Yes, I am Bitter, I waited and waited for it, and now am, well bitter and over it!!

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:41 1

35. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


It's the same thing over and over. If you keep waiting for a future proof device, you are going to never get a phone. Same thing with all electronics. A big time device comes out but not even 4-5 months later, it's already got a replacement.

The SGS2 is still and will be for a long time the best android/smart phone there is. It's very thin, gorgeous large display, the fastest and smoothest OS experience I've ever seen. A really nice camera on both the back and the front with loads of memory to go with it.

Will Ice Cream ever come on the SGS2? Probably not but guess what? I doubt ANY of the phones will get Ice Cream, it's going to be such a huge change I don't think any of the current phones will get ice cream. So stop complaining, its not just SGS2.

Hell, there are still a lot of devices that don't even have Gingerbread.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 23:38

57. Ed (unregistered)


Are you guys forgetting about custom Roms? I have the POS HTC hero that came with cupcake and I'm running Gingerbread...even if the GS2 doesn't get icecream officially, surely it won't be difficult for modders to port it...the device is more than capable.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:12 1

77. Steven42 (unregistered)


Of course Ice Creame will come to the SGSII. Why wouldn't it? Fastest dual core in the market right now and has a gig of RAM. If the Nexus S will a single core and lower ram can get it why not a more advanced phone? Watch phones will worse specs than the SGSII come out with stock Ice Cream.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:32

79. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I beg to fifer, according to the IO the update will go to many phones as possible and with 4.3" phones i don't think they will have problems rolling ICS, the only think I would like is that updates are done faster
I think something like asus did releasing updates within weeks from the official announcement and everyone would live happy

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:23 6

5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Whoa now, Google wants to put a hurting on Apple huh! Google means business & they really want to stick it to iOS 5. I like the ballsiness & I will be there to support Google & Android Ice Cream Sandwich. I REALLY WANT A QUAD-CORE ANDROID ICE CREAM SANDWICH TABLET. If one is available then I am so there! Now if HTC can send an Ice Cream Sandwich update to my HTC Evo 3D, then that would be an INSANE move to counter Apple! Wouldn’t that be the ultimate best case scenario! Or imagine if all the top tier Android phones would get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich around the same time as the release of the Apple iPhone 5. Imagine THAT! I know this is all wishful thinking, but hey you never know! lol

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:10 1

28. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Too bad they will crash and burn faster than Obama's term in office. ICS will never be able to outdo the iPhone 5 and that is a fact.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 20:06 4

37. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Miz you are an idiot. I at least had sympathy for you until you brought up Obama.


PS. If it wasn't for Republican f**ktards trying to ruin the country thins may just be better.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 22:32 2

49. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


LOL!!! Are you serious? It's under Obama's leadership that the government almost endured another shutdown. It's under his leadership that the US' credit rating got dropped down.

And who do you thank for forcing Americans to get health insurance now?

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 23:42 1

58. Ed (unregistered)


guys chill out this is a ****ing phone website. Leave the bulls**t politics on the cnn and foxnews forums please lol.

And to the guy regarding iPhone...you do know Android has more market share right? Not that it really matters, it all comes down to preference. I don't quite understand why people become so attached to their respective operating systems and device manufacturers..you do realize we're all just dollar signs to them right? Just buy whatever you think is best or suites you haha...

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 08:50 1

73. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The_Miz I am not a Republican nor a Democrat. I vote for the best man or woman, BUT you are 100% correct. Obama is learning on the job & he hasn't been a good president at all. I would have voted for Hilary Clinton. She would have had this country going in a much better direction than Obama. Since she didn't run for President I voted McCain because he was already prepared to be President. Obama is on the job learning & look where we are now! Look how he handled the oil spill in the gulf. He got calls from countries who have dealt with that problem & knew how to solve it, but you know what the President said, no we can handle it. The oil gushed for months, we could have had a remedy days after the spill happened & help our foreign relations at the same time. But no because our President was learning on the job! America's credit rating dropped for the first time EVER! That is unprecedented. Obama WILL always be remembered for that. My kids, kids will talk about that in class! The_Miz thumbs up for you. When you are right, you are right!

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 09:33 2

76. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Obama = worst president ever. And he is only getting worse. Carter and Bush are sighing relief somewhere that someone is worse than them.. maybe combined.

BTW, how are the "republicans destroying everything". Your realize that democrats have had nearly complete control of congress for like 50 of the last 60 years? I love how people that dont pay attention go along with "blaming republicans", when they are barely ever in power. Do Repubs make dumb moves? heck ya. Do democrats? heck ya. Who has made the most dumb moves because of the time in power? Democrats. Who made all these crazy rules so people could game the system? Democrats. Who penned the housing bill that brought down the market? Dems. Who refused to cut spending down which resulted in our credit drop? Dems.. on and on.
BTW, its all one party these days. 90% of dems and republicans think they are on the same team... and thats not the team that plays for the american people.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:46 1

82. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


remixfa I think the only reason Obama was elected was because America was down and out. If America was riding high he would have never been elected. I can go on forever, but what I think we need is a savvy business man who can take America out from these depths not seen since the Great Depression. That candidate would need a strong Vice President & a quality cabinet. We need to fix ourselves first, keep defense up & then concentrate on the rest of the world. We are in a huge funk & Obama's policy of spending to get out of debt is clearly not an option. Just look at America's credit rating. People have lived entire life spans & never seen the credit rating drop. Obama is clearly the worst president, he has Carter beat. Carter can now die & say hey at least I wasn't the worst! lol

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:36

81. This game we play. (unregistered)


It doesn't matter which party is in office, the objective of politicians is to beat down the opposite party. It is a constant tug of war. The events that have occurred since Obama has been in office would have happened no matter who was in office. What this generation of Republicans have done better than any generation before them is figure out how to use the media to paint a perfect picture. (Fox News). Anyone discussing politics should know that there are two sides to every story. The Republicans have taken advantage of Obama's starting point and tried everything to keep him down. They even put their own agenda ahead of getting back in office ahead of the American people.

Republicans or anyone anti Obama don't care what is happening. In fact, to them the worse the better. The more blame they can place on Obama and the Democrats the more likely they can get back in office. Once they do, guess what? The Democrats will do the exact same thing until they get back in office.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 11:01 1

87. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok but we are talking about what has been done when Obama has been in office. That cat & mouse game is part of politics, one ugly aspect of politics I truly hate. To me it’s not about Republicans vs. Democrats, I vote for the best person for the job. Obama was not even the best Democrat at the time. Look I can write a 40 page thesis about all the questionable moves done by the Obama administration. Fact is the credit rating had dropped. Obama has more than doubled the deficit in 2 years. He wants to cut defense. If the terrorist see America is cutting defense there will be another 9/11. We need to protect ourselves. I was there in NYC when it happened I was in that cloud of debris. It was not fun & I would never want any other American to go and experience that. Obama is making the wrong choices, he CLEARLY was not & is not ready for the most demanding job in the world President of the United States of America!

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:35

80. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


and you doubted this guy is a troll? think again

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 20:19 2

41. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


And how is that exactly a fact? You saw a little bit of the new IOS5 sure, but you have no idea what the iphone 5 will be or look like. Not to mention, you have no idea what ICS will be and what kind of devices will run it. Sure maybe the iphone 5 will have dual core but I wouldn't be surprised if there were already quad core phones by then.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 22:58

53. whatduh (unregistered)


Hey RoryRevolution ever wonder how come every post in phone arena ultimately ends up being an SGS2 forum?
Ohhh....wait a minute.....its because of you and your never ending tirades on the Galaxy s2....
give us some break......
Lot of devices will come out in near future that will make SGS2 a puny.......
and they will succumb to the same fate too...
so rather than being a glue to sgs2 why dont u just stick to the post's direction......
and by the way i use sgs2 myself but u wont see me being a pain in the ass for others....
take a cue....

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 23:01 1

54. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


ok i'll take a "cue" you freaking moron. Why don't you use your actual user name on here if you are going to talk so much crap about me? Are you too chicken s**t to? I mean it's just the internet after all. Stop crying and whining because I think highly of the SGS2. The fact that it bothers you so much clearly makes me think you have mental and anger problems. I would seriously suggest you get treatment.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 00:51 2

63. CodeName Infamous (unregistered)


The Miz you sir are an idiot. U have no idea what future holds for Iphone 5 or ICS. Therefore don't pretend. Second 8 years of Bush, Republicans refusing bipartisan legislation, and the Tea party (aka t bag party); Obama had a huge mess to clean up and considering all the political, social, and economic factors he's done an favorable job.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:50

84. NArmold (unregistered)


I'm still confused on how a article about a cell-phone turned into a heated Republican/Democrat argument. You guys are pathetic, go hash out on CNN.com if you want to do that.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 15:53

97. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


can you tell me all the things Obama has done right? BTW, the repulicans were doing what was needed to keep our credit rating from falling. They were all warned months in advance anything less than a 4-6 trillion cut would drop our credit rating. It was the DEMS that refused to cut and only wanted another blank check. It was a completely bipartisian bill that passed.. one neither side was happy with.. exept obama, who got his blank check... and we got screwed again.

People that pretend to be political but yet know nothing about what is going on are part of the problem. If you dont pay attention just say "i dont pay attention" instead of trying to regurgitate a bunch of tired lines from liberal media sources.

Its kinda like Taco commenting on Android features that he has never seen or used.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 15:55 1

98. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


also, how did bush get a second 8 years? And you realize that The democrats were in control of the house and senate for the majority of Bush's term right? Bush didnt write the housing bill, or any other bill that put us in this mess... Democrats did. Pelosi and Dodd have their names on quite a few economy crashing bills. The president doesnt write any bills. Get a clue.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 20:03

100. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Hey don't look at me, I didn't start this political debate. And lol, I rather vote for the tea party than a democrat anyday

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:34 1

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


are you retarded? seriously you seem slow

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 20:52 2

43. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wait this is coming from the king of dumbass comments. Wow I bet your real name is Dumass right? LOL

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 01:09

64. XrandomdroidX (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)


if google manages to get all the manufacturers to update their high end devices to ice cream sandwich that would just be wicked man :D hopefully yes,then when i get my SGS2....muhahaha

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:29 1

7. Moo (unregistered)


Glad to be a Nexus S owner. If the next Nexus is a monster then i may sell this and step up.

Either way Ice Cream sandwich coming earlier than what I expected is great news.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:53 2

9. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Now Apple will sue google for trying to ruin their sales with iphone 5 : P
And Google will counter sue apple for copying Android in IOS 5 : P

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:55 4

10. Rich (unregistered)


ICE CREAM SANDWICH!???? MOST PHONES ARE STILL RUNNIN FROYO!!!


i love android... but can they PLEASE SPEED UP GETTING THE RELEASES OUT TO THE DARN PHONES!!!!! i want GINGERBREAD FOR GOD SAKES!!!

2nd thoguht.... SKIP GINGERBREAD AND JUST GIMME THE ICE CREAM DARNIT!

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 17:14 3

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


put froyo and 2 gingerbread phones together.. and voiala.. you have an ice cream sandwich. :)

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:53

85. box (unregistered)


I think that'd be a FroYo Sandwich, but with XDA on it, I'm sure that's possible :)

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 17:25 1

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


by the time Google updates all of the phones to ice cream sandwich.. the iphone 6 wil be around the corner... 50% of phones are running froyo...hmmmm wait to go google... you and the BIonic.. lost me... is either apple or nokia.. for me...

p.s i heard that ICS is only for dual core phones.... so most of us wont get that update...

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:23 1

30. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ICS is going to have minimum system requirements from what I understand to reduce fragmentation going forward.. so yea, if that's true, there will be a lot of phones left out now, but in the future there will be a lot LESS left out.

IF its true, basically you will have your premium androids on ICS and the basic ones on probably gingerbread.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:47

83. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


ICS will get native dual core support that does not mean it will work on dual core phones only.... I could be wrong but my bid is on that, also Google has taken this as an issue and it seems its going to be addressed (hopefully properly) to reduce fragmentation we also need to account that its going to be almost a year since the last android smartphone update (AKA gingerbread) witch could mean that they have already decided to leave major updates for once a year, now i would personally recommend that you wait (if you like many things from android) and see this years end to decide

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:22 3

11. MrCreeves (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


IOS 5 is about to rock the operating system world.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:28 2

12. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


A mimick of what is already available on almost all Android phones isn't going to rock the OS world. Then again it is apple and with a cult following like that I'm sure it will sell like crazy. Still nothing innovative or new.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 21:48 2

46. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


How there just adding features that android and web os has nothing new just recycled

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 22:36 1

51. Rich (unregistered)


All the stuff in the new IOS is just stuff taken from droid...

but yeah im sure apple will still get all the credit bc its apple and the media is clueless.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:28 4

13. droid? (unregistered)


froyo, gingerbread, ice cream sandwhich? How about you spend the time making a decent upgrade to an operating system instead of having 4 complete new upgrades come out in a years time.

Take your time and do it right.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:40

14. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Regardless of which devices you like, it's going to be exciting to see what these big heavyweights bring out this fall. MS is coming out with some new phones, too. RIM announced some new devices already, but a bigger release is not due until early next year.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:52

16. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If they can pull it off, then okay. But in doing so, they better not sacrifice what may be some much needed time to work out bugs and get everything working absolutely perfect. I'd be just as happy to see ICS delayed until December if that means it's that much better when it comes out.

That said, I really, really, REALLY hope that ICS gets released to my Atrix. :D

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 11:20

91. box (unregistered)


Atrix is Dual-Core, so it should be getting ICS pretty early on, though it did just get Gingerbread.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 17:43 1

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


also.. I like that Apple doesnt plan around any device.. but Android does... it shows brain .. but also fear.. Apples takes their time and when there ready .. they will launch the iphone 5... not the other way around... ICS will be half baked... ICS will melt under the iphone 5 heat..

ps. we will see more than one update for the ICS before christmas.. to fix bugs and issues..

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 17:56 3

21. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


There are always updates on iOS to fix bugs and issues. What version are we on? 4.3.5? Yeah, not all of those were neat little features.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 18:05

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


true..... but all the iphones get the update form the 3g to the 4... my Droid X was fortunate to get the ginger update but my coworker with the T-bolt... still waiting...

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 18:45 3

26. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, and those major updates tend to brick phones on iOS. The turnaround on major updates is getting quicker. And with Google clamping down on manufacturers and carriers getting their heads out of their asses, update frequency will increase even more.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:06 1

27. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that ... I agree... the delaying of the Bionic.. is making me really consider other options... even windows 7 doesnt sound bad a this moment... thank you sniggly for clearing that up.. i didnt know...

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 20:05

36. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Fyi, the update frequency is a good thing.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 11:02

88. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think you should wait for a nexus maybe? rumors say that the next nexus will be on all mayor carriers as the current nexus is only missing Verizon if so it would be the best device to go for when you want the latest android features bug fixes and timely updates, consider ICS your last resource before jumping ships its all I can say

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:36

33. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


brick phones? come on it's android phones that get bricked with updates. Well android phones pretty much are bricks, but I digress.

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