Earlier this month, Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt told a crowd in San Francisco that the next version of Android, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), was coming out in October or November. That’s in line with most of the rumors floating around the web. This weekend another insider also suggested ICS would be out by October.
This time the information comes from Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan, who announced in a company blog post that Google would launch the official ICS update in late October. He goes on to make a bold prediction and reports that Notion Ink’s Adam tablet will receive an update to ICS by November.
It is worth noting Rohan’s statements because he correctly predicted the launch date of Gingerbread (Android 2.3) late last year. Rohan said Gingerbread would be announced on December 6 2010, and that’s exactly what happened.
The guys at PhoneArena reached out to Rohan for more information. He replied that Notion Ink is ”not on the list of official ICS” launch partners, but they had been working on the update with their ”community friends” for a long time; that’s why they expected to update their tablet so soon.
If we look back at last year, Google announced Gingerbread and the Nexus S on December 6. The device then went on sale just ten days later on December 16. The latest Nexus Prime rumors are suggesting a release around November 3, which is within ten days of a late October announcement.
Hopefully Google sticks with their release schedule and gets the Nexus Prime with Ice Cream Sandwich out on time. I’m ready to go wait in line at Best Buy and pick up my new phone.
When do you think Google will launch their next Nexus?