Google Reveals Next Android Build: Ice Cream Sandwich

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Ever since Honeycomb was launched for Android tablets, consumers and tech media alike have wondered what the next major build would be. Now, we know. Google announced during their I/O keynote this week that "Ice Cream Sandwich" was the next major iteration on deck, but strangely no build number was associated with it. We're guessing it'll be 4.0, but it's just speculation for now. Google also made clear that they are going to tackle the fragmentation issue, and rather than having one OS on the smartphone side and one OS on the tablet side, ICS will strive to bring the two closer together to provide one Android for all devices.

Little is know beyond that, with the feature set not being mentioned at all during the presentation. There's also no clear view of when it'll be released, but some reports have mentioned the year's end as a target. Having a single Android OS to worry over would be great for developers; just build a single app, and the OS will intelligently scale it as needed, based on the screen size of the unit.


So, excited about the next generation of Android yet? If not, that image should have your mind changed in no time flat!
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realneil replied on Wed, May 11 2011 10:46 AM

All of this innovation comes at a cost in personal privacy it seems. (they're tracking us and storing our data) That makes it not worth it's benefits.

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ishould1 replied on Wed, May 11 2011 11:13 AM

Don't use smartphones then. The only reason they track location is to give you better service.

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Google is taking steps in the right direction if you get past the tracking which happens on all smartphones. Like the article says one of the main problems they have is fragmentation; ice cream sandwich and a slew of other new things should help out with that quite a bit. I'm looking forward to it.

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realneil replied on Wed, May 11 2011 11:29 AM

ishould1:
Don't use smartphones then.

I don't. And better service is a BS excuse. These devices connect to Cell Towers all over the place and work, or not, whether they're tracking you or not.

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if you get past the tracking which happens on all smartphones

I can't get past it at all, even if every corporation is doing it. (and they are) It's wrong and needs to be stopped. Personal Privacy should be jealously guarded at all costs. It's one of the things that makes many countries better to live in than others.

EDIT: I just read that Google has just "set aside" 500 Million Dollars to defend against the government's investigations into their data handling practices. How's THAT for a war chest folks? Half a Billion Dollars will buy a crap-load of obfuscation, will it not?

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Actually if you have any cell phone, your provider is tracking you the exact same way that google/apple/rim is tracking you. And their excuse is to improve service as well.

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realneil replied on Wed, May 11 2011 2:25 PM

InfinityzeN1:
Actually if you have any cell phone, your provider is tracking you the exact same way that google/apple/rim is tracking you. And their excuse is to improve service as well.

That SUCKS and should be stopped. I can see a tower validating a particular cell phone's authorization to use it's signal at the point of connection, but keeping location records of customers is something that they never advertise or disclose and only came to light recently. It's enough to make me go back to the dark ages and no cell phone at all. (or maybe a prepaid in my car's glove box that stays off until I need it)

In America, we have the RIGHT to privacy, and the whittling away of it by corporations is no better than the government doing it. It shouldn't be tolerated.

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Inspector replied on Wed, May 11 2011 3:53 PM

Can i has that ice cream? :)

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HHGrrl replied on Wed, May 11 2011 10:39 PM

I'm glad to see Google will bring the smartphone and tablet OS together. Having a single OS that scales to match the device will be quite useful for developers and users alike.

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