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

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. 


FEATURED VIDEO

21 Comments

1. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

2. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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

6. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

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

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

3. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 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:)

4. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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 ..

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :)

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

7. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 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?

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :)

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

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.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

16. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

18. ilia1986 unregistered

RRrrr.. Me hungry. : )

12. Socialite

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

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

19. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 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!

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That ICE Cream looks delicious

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.