Aug 09 AT 2:46 PM Alberto Vildosola 46 Comments

Rumor: Will the first Ice Cream Sandwich device launch in October to compete with the iPhone 5?

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We hope you’re in the mood for some more Ice Cream Sandwich rumors (who isn’t?), because we have a pretty big one for you today. According to BGR, Google and its partners will release the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices this October. BGR explains that Google has decided to push up the release of Ice Cream Sandwich in order to better compete with the iPhone 5.

As you might or might not know, the latest rumors point to an October release for the iPhone 5. Would Google really rush the release of Ice Cream Sandwich because of the iPhone 5? Personally, I don’t think Google would shuffle its roadmap around just to steal the spotlight away from Apple and its shiny new phone. A stunt like this one could hurt Android more than it could help it. After all, releasing a half-baked product just to beat a deadline hasn’t really worked out for Google before (read: Honeycomb).

If you take a look at the release date of previous versions of Android, you’ll notice that they’re all over the place. With almost all versions being released on a different month. Google, it seems, hasn’t really picked a time of the year to release a new version of Android. Because of that, I think Google will keep working at its own pace and release Ice Cream Sandwich once it feels is ready for prime time. Whether that will be in October, November or December is anyone’s guess.

Source: BGR

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://www.reviewsandbrews.com alexandroid

    I cannot wait to see some screenshots of ICS. I’m puzzled as to how much of a revamp it will be, and whether it will look more like Gingerbread of Honeycomb.

    • SliestDragon

      I’m excited for the UI too, though the thing I’m most excited about is full multi-core support. That will really smooth out android to help it compete with the iPhone better. Plus my phone would be wicked fast. :D

      • https://plus.google.com/117702410245683101961/posts Lucian Armasu

        Multi-core support AND hardware acceleration. It would still be a terrible mistake to rush it out the gate one month early just to repeat the same mistake as with Honeycomb, though, where even after 6 months, the pretty bad PR hasn’t washed out. Are they willing to save 1 month, to lose another 6 after that?

        • Anjie

          i’d rather they not rush it and optimize the codes. People are going to buy the iphone, it doesn’t matter if android is more open and awesome. I had an iphone 4 compared to my nexus one, android 2.3 really isn’t smooth enough to compare. If they take the time with the coding and user experience part of it, apple’s fucked

    • Meandroid criminals

      iPhone 5 has no competition,
      it will crush android and run over it, forcing ice cream sandwich to meltdown!!!!!!!!!!

      • Eniac

        Lmfao you stupid bit#@?!

      • BrandonJD

        I’d say the iPhone 5 does have some SERIOUS COMPETITION. Since apple doesnt refresh hardware but once a year, Android phones eclipse it soon after its released. Apples strategy is too slow for the pace that the competition is moving. They drop from 1st in market share over nothing, ANDROID TOOK IT!

      • helen90

        quote
        >>iPhone 5 has no competition,
        it will crush android and run over it, forcing ice cream sandwich to meltdown!!!!!!!!!!>>

        I AGREE 100%

      • Aaron Jones

        ICS will be Wicked Hardcore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Ichigo

        The iPhone 5 won’t be able to compete with my old my touch 4g.

    • Cod3rror

      To beat the iPhone Google need several specific things.

      1. Hardware GUI acceleration, and not a half assed one like in Honeycomb but a full GUI acceleration.
      2. Prettier, consistent UI, with consistent apps and a strict policy in the dev kit to keep the consistency.
      3. Dual core support
      4. Update guarantee, support the devices for two years.

      • Eli

        We don’t WANT stricter rules in the market… that’s the point.

      • Ramshambo

        They’ve already beat the iPhone.

      • Leo

        I think your comment lacks some more things: BEAUTY! Android have do be more complete, more beatiful (at least beautiful as ios is), and STILL SIMPLE for use! I think the Apple’s idea of using just a single button still making more sense for the ones that looks for easyness on use! iPhone is REALLY easy to use! Thats what android Needs for a more offensive takeoff!
        EASY and BEAUTY!

    • pjax

      most likely Honeycomb

      Honeycomb is Matias Duarte’s brainchild. And he’s at the wheel right now

  • BiGMERF

    I read about this erlier today and while it brought me some excitement , it also made me think. Do I want Google to rush things and get the Nexus Prime/Ice cream out early and face possible bugs? Or would I rather wait for a more polished OS that would come a lil bit later if they took there time.. I mean if they are working on it 24/7 and test it thoroughly , I guess it would be ok. If you ask me only the Android followers are waiting for Ice cream the common consumer wont look at the version of the os while deciding to get the IPhone or Android powered phone. Google hs never rally promoted there new versions either when they were released with the Nexus.. Heck they never even promoted the Nexus itself.. Maybe this time they plan an assault on the Mobile community by actually promoting the Phone(nexus3)/Os.. Time will tell

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  • SliestDragon

    I hope they don’t just push it out the door. I’d rather them finish it. ICS in its complete form will compete with the iPhone, even if its a month later.

  • tonythepony

    If they release it to compete with ios, I hope they do it on a Samsung Device! LOL!

  • Hinds2009

    I think no matter what android peeps will buy android. Google needs a great piece of hardware that blows the average Consumers minds along with the updated os. A high Def screen is a great start, then promote the shit out of it so that your average consumer would understand they have a choice beyond other os’s.

  • Ankin

    If this happens, Apple will sue Google for launching a new phone on the same day.

  • curtisas

    I don’t want them to change their timeline. I think that when it is ready, that is when they should release it. No sooner, no later. Once you have put the final polish on, release it to the manufacturers and send us our next Nexus!

  • Cmunic8r99

    Just in time for Galaxy S2 in the US…

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    But the Nexus has never been a device intended to be appealed to the regular Joe (or Jane), isn’t it? I mean, look, it’s not even available in Verizon, the biggest carrier in the US. Also, besides Google’s online ad, marketing of a Nexus is next to non-existent. Friends of mine don’t know of Nexus, they know the Droid, the myTouch, etc. Damn, they actually don’t even know Google itself has a phone.

    So, how could this suddenly be given a job to compete with the iPhone 5?

    Look, being an Android fan, I would love it does. But if Google really wants to do that, they need to do a better job in marketing (commercial/ad thru the traditional channels), distribution (release on more carriers, at the same time), do a better job in customer support (Google’s weakest area), etc.

  • uknowme

    Yeah I could see how that might be considered a good thing. The problem is exactly what has been mentioned. It would probably be buggy and no advertising. Asshole… Sorry I meant Apple doesn’t even have to advertise and the iPhone will sell because Mr Jobs has a ton of lemmings. The Nexus will sell to the hardcore and the people who just ask for the best smartphone. That’s because Google does not promote it.

  • Mighty_O

    Bring it on!!

  • Nathan

    please don’t half bake the next OS for the new nexus because I’m buying the dam thing after it lunch or at lunch and no one likes a buggy phone, plus I think Google is not going to push it up because of apple new suing phone. Also Google doesn’t repeat the same mistake so I think they aren’t going to release the OS early.

  • RonWeez

    I love android but I really do not believe one android phone could compete with the iPhone 5 simply because when the new iPhone comes out loyal apple owners will flock to upgrade even if it means paying full retail price. With android its diverse and what appeals to one might not appeal to another person of course there are the android enthusiasts that will do the same for the Nexus but that is a small number in comparison to iPhone fanboys . Also Google needs to market their device better if they want to compete cause I can’t even count the number of times people ask me what phone I have I say nexus s and they have no idea what I’m talking about

  • RonWeez

    I love android but I really do not believe one android phone could compete with the iPhone 5 simply because when the new iPhone comes out loyal apple owners will flock to upgrade even if it means paying full retail price. With android its diverse and what appeals to one might not appeal to another person of course there are the android enthusiasts that will do the same for the Nexus but that is a small number in comparison to iPhone fanboys . Also Google needs to market their device better if they want to compete cause I can’t even count the number of times people ask me what phone I have I say nexus s and they have no idea what I’m talking about

    • Kimboz

      Really? Thats what I love about android. We arent apple cult members. I love having a phone that isnt owned by everyone and their mother has. So annoying. Android fosters individuality, options, and innovations. Not just one company dictating where your next paycheck goes.

  • helen90

    I think my new iPhone 5 will MAUL this pathetic sour cream sandwich

    • E

      My new iPhone 5 lol that crap is nah even out yet my 1 year old un rooted EVO on 2.3 will give that piece of shit a gud run for its money I just image when I get the nexus prime /ics ios is a joke I give it two years till it becomes the next blackberry get wif the times n drop that crap where it needs to b in the trash

      • Danny

        Not to be a Grammar Nazi or anything…..come on. That comment would’ve been great if it were well written.

  • Ann Monis

    As long as Google smart enough to release an AT&T / T-Mobile / Verizon version all at the same time, then they can compete against Apple’s iPhone. That is one thing that plagues Google’s top phone, the Nexus is that they first release the T-Mobile version and wait 1-3 months to release the AT&T version.

    • AlienNation

      The Nexus S just came out on ATT a few weeks ago. I highly doubt they release the next Samsung Nexus device so soon. Remember this the former pro-Apple only and but-still-allergic-to-Android ATT we’re talking about here.

  • http://www.giquegear.com GiqueGEAR_Todd

    I agree with the author. While it might be attractive to counter the iPhone5, Google knows that releasing anything half-baked right now would be a real momentum-killer.

  • mike

    Ice cream will debut on the next nexus and that isn’t going to be in October so the answer is a BIG no

  • ben dover

    If true, I hope what this means is that ICS is ahead of development schedule and they are choosing October for release since it is just about ready.

  • Noel

    Every cell in my body is doing the special Android dance. I am so excited..can’t w8 to cradle the new Nexus w/ ICS in my hand. I skipped the Nexus S cz i thought it was a step back from the N1 but not this time…i am so starved for a new Nexus. I am all for Google launching the new Nexus or other ICS devices around the same time the iPhone 5 and 4S are released. I sense Apple is planning an assault on Android by launching iPhones on all the major Networks. So i applaud Google for anticipating a Hail mary pass by Apple. I do love the competition between the two..but not in the court houses

  • Jeff

    Worry about a product being good then popular in that order only.

  • tentativename

    There is no way a “Verizon Droid Prime” is going to compete with the Iphone. You have Iphone now on multiple carriers. An S2 stands a chance since it is also on by multiple carriers. “Droid Prime”, not so much.