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Google launches Ice Cream Sandwich

Google is launching its next generation Android operating system (OS) called Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s new device dubbed “Nexus Prime”− also speculated to be called as “Galaxy Nexus” or “Nexus 4G”− on Wednesday, October 19. In North America time zone, that is Tuesday night of October 18.

The new 1.5GHz dual core, 4.7 inch Samsung Nexus Prime will run in Google’s new operating system.

This is by far, the most ambitious effort from Google to the mobile community. The Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest edition to the dessert-based names of Google’s operating systems. Version 1.5 was named Cupcake followed by 1.6 Donut. Then version 2.0 was named Eclair followed by Froyo-version 2.2. Gingerbread and Honeycomb were the names of version 2.3 and 3.0 respectively.

A video showcasing a sculpture of an Android Ice Cream Sandwich arriving in the Google headquarters affirms the addition of this new operating system in the family.

In an attempt to keep up with rival company Apple, Google will be pushing through with the Ice Cream Sandwich major launch also called as Android 4.0. And it will also go against Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8. The slogan for Google’s latest operating system is “one OS everywhere.” The key point in the Ice Cream Sandwich OS is breaking the current limitations of its predecessor, the Honeycomb version that runs solely on tablets.

Moreover, Android 4.0 will also feature an updated holographic user interface. Users will also have a better application launcher plus interactive homescreen widgets. It also includes a multi-tasking panel. Another speculation for this new OS is that external devices like game controllers and keyboards can already be hooked in the Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating devices.

Developers will also have a treat with the Ice Cream Sandwich because Google will release new APIs. Developers can scale their applications to various sizes across smartphones and tablets.

The founder the popular device and computer manufacturer Acer, Stan Stih, is predicting that Ice Cream Sandwich will outdo the operating system from Apple, the Apple iOS5.

The original launch date was scheduled early this month but was postponed in respect to Steve Job’s passing.

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