Is This the Next Version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich?

Ok, so bear with us here.  The video you are about to see is alleged to be the first in-the-wild footage of the next release of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.   The story goes like this: A guy buys a Nexus S on eBay.  Handset arrives, but looks a little different when booted up.  Once he goes to the About screen on the device, he learns that it has Ice Cream Sandwich with a build of IRK48 and kernel 3.0.1.

As for what you’ll see, there is definitely a Honeycomb influence on the UI.  The lock screen, recent apps, and general aesthetics look very much like the 3.X stuff we have on tablets.  There’s also a new “Google Apps” launcher which appears to load a window of strictly Google titles and features (Gmail, YouTube, Android Market, etc.)

The launcher now also appears to have four icons across the bottom, double the normal two.  As Engadget rightly points out, this could be the product of a custom ROM however that’s likely not the case.  Whatever the reason or set of circumstances, this looks to be Ice Cream Sandwich.  If it’s not, we hope that it looks a lot like it anyways!

We’ll find out on October 11th as that’s now the date we’ve circled on our calendar.  You should do the same!

We’d also like to know whether or not the operator (T-Mobile) for this phone means anything…

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 28, 22:02 Reply

    i saw the video n if its not offical it sure fooled me, let that guy send his phone to the wonderful guys at XDA

  2. Ron
    September 29, 00:36 Reply

    This guy needs to go to http://html5test.com/ immediately and tell us if ICS finally has a decent web browser. I sincerely hope it does. Seeing the fluid scrolling and animations on WP7 (of all things) is just humiliating.

  3. Anonymous
    October 03, 11:42 Reply

    If this is a custom mod, I WANT it.  It looks pretty kickass!

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