Alleged Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots leaked

Alleged Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots leaked
It seems too good to be true, and probably is: the first screenshots of the next major Android OS update, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), have supposedly leaked, but certainly don't look too convincing. Ice Cream Sandwich is the update which will merge Android's phone OS (Gingerbread) with the tablet OS (Honeycomb), and bring what many expect as a unifying presence to Android. The images show what is supposedly ICS running on a Nexus S. 

Most notably the greens of Gingerbread have been traded in for the Tron blue of Honeycomb. We can also see a dock redesign, which is decidedly more like iOS. If Google is trading in the standard phone-app tray-browser dock for a four icon dock, we're at least hoping that Google will borrow some of the more advanced features found in alternative Android launchers like Launcher Pro (multiple rotating docks would be pretty nice as a standard feature.) The cell signal bars icon has also been changed, and the notification tray looks to have gone full black, rather than black background with grey notifications.

Other than that, the images don't show anything that's radically different from what we already have in Gingerbread. Choosing blue as the unifying color makes sense, and more blacks make sense in Google's push for more OLED screens. There is some info given that can't be confirmed in the images:

  • Camera has a panorama mode
  • Comes pre-loaded with Shopper to take advantage of NFC
  • Gmail will be completely re-themed
  • Search bar embedded on top like Honeycomb
  • Menu for adding apps/widgets looks more like Honeycomb
  • Since it's mostly UI changes, it's likely ICS will run on most phones

Though, these images are most likely fakes. The lack of on screen function buttons is reasonable, because presumably those wouldn't show up on a device with capacitive buttons. But, as our vigilant reader Sniggly pointed out, Google never puts the version nickname in the about menu, so the fact that it reads "Ice Cream Sandwich" rather than 3.x is very suspicious, although could be understandable if we believe that Google hasn't yet decided if ICS is version 3.x or 4.x. There's also no good reason to black out the end of the Kernel version unless you want to cover up a mod tag. And, speaking of the kernel, ICS was allegedly supposed to use kernel 3.0, and the kernel version number in the screenshot is the same as the kernel for Gingerbread.

Now, there have been Google engineers and supposedly close sources that have confirmed the logic behind all of our concerns, so there is a chance that these pics are legit. But, really, if they are real, ICS even in its early stages is looking pretty weak. There's a chance the pics are real, but we kind of hope they aren't.



1. dfe110

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

is is works on samsung galaxy gt-i5800?or my phone is too old?

32. megamrambo

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2010

Skrew Ice Cream Sandwich I want Short Bread Cookie. lol


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

nice concept...

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Too bad nobody will get it on there current phone except for the few Nexus owners.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that looks a lot like 80% of current GalaxyS roms out there.. even has the same galaxyS live background. Looks the same but with some alternate screens. I say FAKE. If it was ICS, where is the native on screen function buttons? Its not that hard to fake phone info like the kernel version

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Presumably on-screen function buttons would only show up on a device without capacitive buttons. It would be silly to have duplicates taking up extra screen space on older devices. The images do seem suspect though.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

While thats true, I still wouldn't consider that pic as real. Sniggs made a good point about the version number which seals the deal on its lack of authenticity. Thanks sniggs, I totally smacked myself for not seeing that initially.. lol Thats one of those "how did i miss it" things. ;)

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This came out of the fakery oven. Google never puts the nickname in the Android version field. It's always the accompanying version number.

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I knew something looked odd about that picture. Edited the article, you're definitely right on that.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Thanks, Michael! You listen to user input AND you gave me credit for seeing the clue! Just two more reasons you're my favorite writer on the site! :) Okay, done kissing ass now. ;)

24. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

There's always value in the crowd. I know you guys will see things I don't. The comments help me be a better writer. That said, I'm a little surprised no one noticed the kernel version number issue. I didn't even notice until I checked my Nexus One and saw that even Cyanogen uses a newer kernel than was listen in that image.

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sadly, I'm not technical enough to have noticed the kernel number. Which is why you're writing the articles and I'm not. :) I'm sure that given enough time someone else probably would've spotted the kernel issue as well.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

On a side note, I'm still excited to see what Ice Cream Sandwich ends up looking like, especially with manufacturer skins over it. And I really, really hope my Atrix is eligible for the update.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I really hope that google starts putting at least some minor limitations on skins if they want ICS. I also hope.. and i'm pretty sure i wont get it, that ICS will only be backwards compatable with dual core phones or single core hummingbird processors at bare minimum. Sorry, but that whole "fragmentation" issue could easily be solved with those 2 limits going forward. It wont stop it over night of course, but it can make it nearly disappear within the next year or so. Put ICS on the tablets and high end android phones and leave gingerbread on the budget guys. That would make it easier on Devs and buyers alike.

8. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

looks like a wannabe rom, like remixfa said its tooo much like touchwiz and sniggly is right about the android least it looks clean but still fake.

10. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Its is a preproduction build though so who knows. It definitely could be fake though.

11. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

But google hasnt given it offical number yet so y wouldnt it just be nickname this is a very early version of it imo

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I've never seen Google put anything but a version number in that field, even in leaked screenshots prerelease. And believe me, I've watched leaks like this for over a year. ;)

15. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Ok but remember this is a whole new world of android now they may be handling things diffrently since this is suppose to combine phones an tabs together an the pull down is diffrent look at the X

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I saw the android police article said google doesn't know what version number it is yet and that is why it isn't displayed. They haven't decided.

22. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

yep that was a dead giveaway when i looked at it.

9. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

yeah it is a fake to me..nice try P.A, not buying it


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Don't blame PA, it all over the internet. PA is just posting this like everything else is. Anyway, it's def a fake. ICS is going to look much more like honeycomb, just made for your cell phone.

17. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

I dont think its fake look at second screenshot why does it say apps an widgets at the top i dont think its market cuz also if u look at bottom you can see that there are regualr icons an apps that are preinstalled that screenshot is strange

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It honestly looks to me like a modded Touchwiz. It's not different enough to be Honeycomb.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea it is def a fake. I know ICS is going to be a huge difference and this is hardly nothing at all.

23. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010


18. Moo unregistered

I think its a fake but can't wait for the real thing to go with my Nexus S

28. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Worst part about Android is that anybody can make their phone look and say anything it wants it to. I really do hope those are fakes. Dead giveaway would be that Nexus S is GT-i902X. Latest kernel I have is and I haven't even updated anything on my phone for about 2 months. Those screen shots have to be old and done by a developer/modder to be running such an old kernel.

29. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

If this is original; we will soon see a change in the top smartphone OS!! Hahaha!!

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