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First Android Ice Cream Sandwich Devices Launching in October?

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Android Ice Cream SandwichAt Google I/O, Google told the world that its next major release of Android, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, would be touching down at some point during Q4 of 2011. When Google said that, I, like many of you, assumed that we’d probably see it in November or December with a launch of a new Nexus device right at the peak of holiday shopping.

And while that’s certainly still possible, BGR has reported that Ice Cream Sandwich devices might start surfacing as soon as October in order to do battle with the upcoming next-generation iPhone device.

In addition, owners of the original Motorola Droid will be coming off their two year contracts and Google apparently doesn’t want them “drooling over the iPhone 5.” Yes, all signs point to a relatively minor iPhone update but I guarantee that doesn’t stop hordes of people from becoming enamored with the new device especially with Apple’s new iOS 5 software. So the rumor seems to make sense.

That being said, there are also some very solid Android devices that are going to be coming out in September including the Motorola Droid Bionic and a WiMax enabled Samsung Galaxy S II so the October timing seems a little, I don’t know, off. It just seems like it would be overload and take away from the impact that these other devices will have.

Of course, having a new Nexus with Android Ice Cream Sandwich out in October wouldn’t be such a bad thing but it would likely have a dual-core processor on board and not a quad-core processor if it were to launch this year.

It would also probably make a few heads explode from indecision.

17 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    08/09/2011 at 10:17 pm

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  2. Scotty Braun

    08/09/2011 at 10:49 pm

    What I don’t get is the whole getting people coming off the two year contract thing, maybe thats good for Verizons point of view for a new contract, and yes if people stay with the same phone until the contract ends..
    But I’m pretty sure most original Droid owners have already had and upgrade available. I know I bought the Droid in December 09″, and I’ve been eligible for an upgrade since around February 2011, and my new every two kicks in tomorrow. My second line is eligible on 8/14/11..  So I’m sure most droid owners have already upgraded, or have had their upgrade available already and just have been waiting on something to come out, like the Bionic..    

    • Kevin

      08/10/2011 at 12:20 am

      The upgrades come every two years…so chances are the upgrade “you” were eligible for was actually someone else on your plan.

    • Mikemtn

      09/27/2011 at 1:49 pm

      There’s no more new every two.

  3. Anonymous

    08/10/2011 at 5:38 am

    so I’ll put it this way: my personal Phone for everyday use will be The Nexus from Google, my computer will use Microsoft Windows, my MP3 Player will be the iPod, my TV will be from SONY, my home stereo will be from BOSE, my web browser will be Chrome        http://bit.ly/r5oZ92            

    • sam

      08/24/2011 at 12:19 am

      u meant firefox

  4. Prachi Desai

    09/08/2011 at 7:24 am

    This SDK release from Android, Ice Cream sandwich will raise concerns about the fragmentation issues or will solve it?

    [More at – http://su.pr/32PtQb

  5. BFD

    10/15/2011 at 10:21 pm

    With the Prime and “Rezound” (or Vigor)’ s latest leaks showing 11/10 as release date, this new Motorola phone is looking good to me. I have using a barely functioning original Droid that is so inoperable that I am essentially without a phone now and have been for about 3 weeks. I think I could have waited to 11/3 but I need something now! Verizon usually releases phones on Thursdays, so I’ll believe it when I see it that this phone is available Tuesday.

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