Teaser video suggests Android ICS launch date

Teaser video suggests Android ICS launch date
This is a bit of a weird one. We already knew that Google and Samsung are planning to announce the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich on Tuesday October 11th at CTIA. Now, there is reason to believe that Ice Cream Sandwich could be released that same day. It all depends on your definition of the word "launch". 

The official Android Developers YouTube page put up a countdown timer for a little while today. The countdown pointed to Tuesday's CTIA event, and was labeled "Android ICS Launch". The video has been taken down, but it does lead to the question: how should we interpret the word "launch"? A strict definition would lead us to believe that Ice Cream Sandwich will be released on Tuesday. This could mean that the source is released into the open source repository, or that ICS and the Nexus Prime will be available for purchase on Tuesday, or that there will be updates pushed for ICS on Tuesday (likely for the Nexus S and One at most.) The third option seems least likely, because Google likes having the newest Nexus device as the first on the market with the new Android OS. 

Of course, recently, the definition of the word "launch" has gotten a bit lazy and has been used to refer to an announcement rather than an actual product release, so this is also a possibility. The latest rumor is that the Nexus Prime will make its debut on Verizon on October 27th, so that points to a more lazy definition of launch on the YouTube page, but everything is rumor right now. 

What do you guys think is the truth?



24. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

And with the announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich, they hand out radioactive ice cream sandwichs and custom fit spandex android suits. So that everyone will have awesome new super powers as we all fly away with our new Nexus Prime phones (long, billowing capes optional).

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

If you want a guess, here's the guess: Google and Samsung will not only actually launch Ice Cream Sandwich for download the same day, but that download will physically transform every single device, even an iPhone, into a Nexus Prime. Then in an act of pure goodwill, they will reveal that they have resurrected Steve Jobs AND put the magic back in Christmas. The Nexus Prime will be available for free off contract on any carrier in the US, even the prepaids, and the plans will be free. Anyone who gets the download or a standalone Prime on Tuesday will also get a free ticket to Heaven, which will never expire and will be usable immediately. Oh and there will be actual Ice Cream Sandwiches. And pie. And a free basket of puppies. Is that a good enough prediction for you, Michael? ;)

14. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

Not gunna lie... kinda epic.

15. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Man, I could really go for an ice cream sandwich now. The rest of that stuff I can take or leave.

17. TrollingMotor

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

You know what though Sniggly? no matter the situation or circumstances, you really shouldn't joke about a dead person. I'm not saying this as a "Fanboy" or anything like that; all fanboyism aside. I'm just saying this as a person. I'm sure you should be able to understand that.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I didn't joke about him at all yesterday, and this is the first joke I've made about him today. I can't believe that unless someone is completely narcissistic they would want everyone being completely somber for the rest of the time following their death. It sucks that he died. It's not a joke about him dying. It's a joke about bringing him back to life. In case you didn't notice, it's one part of an entire diatribe of what would be unimaginably awesome. So in a way it's a compliment I'm paying to him, that while I'm fantasizing about what would be really cool for Google and Samsung to do, I include bringing him back to life as one example. See where I'm coming from?


Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

Iced Cream Sandwich will be a big fail like Gingerbread. I see the future. I hope they don't release it to phones that don't support it. i.e. like Gingerbread and the Droid x

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

GB worked fine on the X for the most part. A few bugs, but they were corrected.

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

no they were not.. maybe for yours.. because you tweak it. but for average consumer the Droid X update didnt work..

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, I did very little to tweak my X. Maybe I was just lucky. But my X has always worked well. Not perfect but well.

23. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That is the kind of unbridled balls that I love to see in predictions. Frankly, if that doesn't happen when I update my Nexus One, I may have to sell it and buy a bada.

12. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

its most likely the source. gj phonearena i think you guys wrote an article stating ice cream would be open sauce. i got the nexus s i can't wait. woohoo

5. TrollingMotor

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I really hope Samsung and Google doesn't bust an Apple with this announcement. Everyone was only disappointed with the announcement of the iPhone 4S, because they were only presented with an updated version of the iPhone 4 instead of a completely redesigned monster. With all the monstrous rumored specs surrounding the Nexus Prime, there is a high possibility of disappointment in this announcement, but at the same time a possibility of excitement if the rumored specs materializes.

6. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

well said bro

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The Nexus Prime will certainly have the redesign factor in play, we'll have to wait and see on the rest of the announcements.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Even if the specs aren't as hugely monstrous as some of the rumors have it, the fact that they'll fit it with a 720p screen, keep it that thin and still shoehorn in LTE will be impressive. Even if it's "only" a dual core OMAP4.

9. TrollingMotor

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

What makes it impressive is the 720p screen. Leaving that out would be a disappointment.

4. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

my entire stomach just went somewhere because i've been waiting since January for the next iteration of android after gingerbread cus we all know we were disappointed when honeycomb was tabs only

2. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Buying this the second it comes out. Full retail. Don't give a F*CK!!

1. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

... I think I'll wait until Tuesday before guessing. I don't want to look like an idiot when I'm proved wrong! :)

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Aw, where's the fun in that? I'm hoping it means that the code will be made open-source. I want to see a race between the Nexus Prime launch date and Cyanogen to get the first ICS devices in the wild.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, cyanogen will have it running withing a week if it had all the drivers.. id take that bet

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