Ice Cream Sandwich: video appears on web

Ice Cream Sandwich: video appears on webIf you're not an Apple fanboy and don't fall into the MeeGo or WP7 camp, chances are you too are waiting for a big announcement any day now: details about the launch of Google's new OS, Ice Cream Sandwich.

So, we can only imagine how this guy felt: (allegedly) he buys a Google Nexus S on eBay and when he turns it on, finds that it's not actually running Gingerbread as it should be but... ICS itself. And now, kind hearted soul that he is, he's posted a video of Google's upcoming new OS online for us all to ogle/pick apart/criticise/drool over.

We must say, our ears pricked up immediately on hearing about this story - maybe it's because we're so desperate for ICS ourselves or maybe because Google has been very quiet about what we're going to see other than a few generic statements but here we have something that really does look incredibly slick.

As promised, it's not so much a tweak as a whole revamp of the OS and, again, as teased, appears to bring together the best bits of Gingerbread for phones and Honeycomb combining them in an elegant solution.

The build appears to be an updated version of the leak back last month and is listed as IRK48 and kernel 3.0.1, but it still runs on the same baseband of I9020XXKF1

Among the video contents are demos of the multi-task switcher  from Honeycomb plus various other bits like the lock screen, widgets preview, notifications bar and camera UI.

As we saw in the last leak, the greens of Gingerbread on elements like the battery monitor appear to have been replaced with a spearmint blue.  There's no demo of the updated Gmail app that we're keen to see (perhaps the poster forgot or the conspiracy theorist in us wonders if this was a leaking by a Google employee who feared they'd give away clues by doing so), nor does there appear to be a network powering the phone to show us where in the world the video indeed came from.

Curiously, the live wallpaper appears to be the same as the Nexus S which we can't imagine would be the case. Although the S launched with an updated version of the Nexus One's live wallpaper, we find it hard to believe that Google would waste this opportunity to give us something a little bit newer and different. Or at least an updated version.

Although the cautious side of us warns that this could be nothing more than an elaborate ROM built by some folk to emulate ICS, we prefer to block that out of our minds.  It's better than nothing as we near the (possibly October) launch of Ice Cream Sandwich. Sweet.

Via Engadget

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 29, 2011 at 16:24

The phone does have a network, it is running on T-Mobile (though whether that's US, UK or some other country is unclear), you can see it before the guy unlocks the screen, at the bottom. Which means whatever it is, the cell radio is working :D

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 29, 2011 at 16:36

Right, I've watched the video carefully and the phone appears to be in the USA, running on T-Mobile USA. The way the date is written in the screenshot below is the American way around to write it, (month first then the number of the day in the month), and the voicemail is from a +1 number, which is the US country code.

Treab  Sep. 29, 2011 at 16:46

anyone else wondering if this is an elaborate scam?

i wonder how hard/easy it would be to produce a version of ICS based on say gingerbread then due to blurry cam to confuse... if its the same one i saw this morning which was really awful quality...

and when he unlocks the phone at the start anyone else notice how it freezes/glitches?? doesnt seem like something google would be releasing soon... but its expected in the next month or 2...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 29, 2011 at 16:50

I thought about it being an elaborate scam, but it's take a hell of a lot of re-coding to make Gingerbread look anything like what's shown in the video. I mean have you seen the "open apps", thing...exactly the same as Honeycomb, no other GB ROM I've ever seen contains this feature. Which I'm sure at least one would have, if it was possible to do.

It does lag a bit, but I reckon, this was meant for a dual core "Nexus Prime", device, if it's real. So, this maybe alludes to ICS being aimed more towards the higher end of the market...I don't know... What I do know is I'm more excited for ICS than I realised this time yesterday ;)!!

Treab  Sep. 29, 2011 at 16:51

but my question would be ... how very coincidental...

i bought it on ebay and it came with ICS how exactly would that happen... just seems odd?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 29, 2011 at 16:56

Does seem odd, but if you worked for Google would you want to say, "I stole this top secret prototype software from work and thought I'd show the world"? I don't disagree that it's coincidental, it's very suspicious but then, who'd believe an iPhone 4 was left in a bar then sold to Gizmodo....and that actually happened :p.

Treab  Sep. 29, 2011 at 17:03

tbh i can believe that one ;) apple are stupid :D and seem to hate the police so continue to waste their times...

now google doesnt need to do that for publicity... we generally know what to expect before they do lol :D

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 29, 2011 at 17:16

Well, I for one, reckon it's the real deal. I don't think it's release ready yet, with a brand new version of Android, I don't think Google will be relying on dual core processors and massive amounts of RAM to keep things smooth, but this is so much more advanced than GB that I think it'd have to be the best custom ROM ever, to be a fake.

Treab  Sep. 29, 2011 at 17:24

i would say so ;)

but it does seem odd lol. i wonder how android will go now

gingerbread for lower level phones...

honeycomb for low level tablets

ice cream sandwich for high level phones/tabs?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 29, 2011 at 17:30

I reckon Honeycomb will die a death, tbh. I think it'll be replaced by ICS as it's only powerful tablets running HC the moment anyway. Also, manufacturers can't make non-Google approved HC tabs as it's closed source.

I do agree about low end phones getting GB and the high end phones getting ICS though, pretty much like it was until a few months ago with FroYo and GB.


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