If 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.