We just finished watching the hour-long Google I/O keynote, and boy was it jam-packed with Android news. One of the most important announcements made is that the next version of Android — Ice Cream Sandwich — will unite all Android devices under one umbrella.
Google Product Manager, Hugo Barra, mentioned during the keynote that Ice Cream Sandwich will be Google’s “most ambitious release yet”. The update will tie together all Android devices — phones, tablets, TVs, etc — under one API framework, making it easy for developers to build applications for every kind of Android device.
Ice Cream Sandwich will also bring the Honeycomb UI to Android phones, making the experience between Android devices more consistent.
Android’s next version will also bring a boatload of new APIs and tools for developers to use. At the Google I/O keynote, Google showed off some new features that will surely make developers drool. Like a new OpenGL engine, face-tracking, and auto-panning using voice detection.
This was only a preview of some of the things that are coming with Ice Cream Sandwich, and the final update will most likely bring many more goodies. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot more details as we get closer to the end of the year.