Aug 11 AT 5:05 PM Alberto Vildosola 83 Comments

Leak: Is this what Ice Cream Sandwich will look like? We certainly hope so


Alright, now we’re talking. After months and months of wondering what Ice Cream Sandwich (the next version of Android) will look like, we finally have some pictures to keep us going until Google takes the wraps off the delicious update. The images come to us via a member of RootzWiki, who claims that the photos are 100% authentic and come from a very reliable source. As always, we ask you to keep the salt shaker at arm’s length just in case this is just somebody with way too much time on their hands.

Without further ado, I give you Ice Cream Sandwich. Well, hidden somewhere underneath that sea of black bars is Ice Cream Sandwich. All tasty, beautiful and ready to be bitten. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s break down each photo and talk about what’s different.

As we can see above, not a lot has changed on the home screen. We still have widgets, the notification bar and the launcher. However, the notification icons have gotten a bit of a blue paint, replacing the previous green tone we all know and love. The battery icon looks quite the same as on Gingerbread, but the old horizontal connection signal icon has been replaced by a vertical one.

Moving down the picture, we can see the good ol’ Power Control widget is back with a vengeance. However, we can expect it to go through a pretty heavy redesign before Ice Cream Sandwich is released. And now onto the good part. As you can see, the launcher on Ice Cream Sandwich will be quite different from the one found on Gingerbread. Is it just me, or does it look a little bit like the one WebOS has?

There’s a new icon on this launcher that I’ve never seen before. At first I thought it was the new app tray icon, but then I saw the regular app tray icon sitting almost next to it. So what could it be? Well, it has app icons laid on top of each other. What other button in Android has icons laid on top of each other? Oh, I know. The multitasking button on Honeycomb. That’s it. This is what we’ll use to multitask in Ice Cream Sandwich. No more long pressing the Home button. I love it already.

The second picture shows either the app tray or the menu from which you drop stuff into the home screen. There’s nothing new to see here; it looks a lot like Honeycomb. Like it should. Although, it looks like you’ll be able to launch the Market app right from this menu.

Finally, the last two pictures show us the About page and the new notification bar in dragged down mode. The “IceCreamSandwich” Android version lead us to believe that Google hasn’t settled on a number version for Ice Cream Sandwich just yet. Again, the new notification bar looks a lot like the one on Honeycomb, with Tron-like lines and everything.

Oh there’s one more thing. Or rather a bunch of one more things. The person who leaked these images says that Ice Cream Sandwich will include a new Panorama mode in the Camera app. When talking about the UI, this person also claims that apps and widgets will look a lot like they do on Honeycomb. The Gmail app will get a brand new user interface a la Honeycomb, and the Google Search widget will be embedded at the top of the screen–again, like on Honeycomb.

As for when or if the update will roll out to all of us, this person says that this “release is still very early.” In other words, it’s not coming anytime soon. But when it does, you can expect Nexus S users to get it first. But fear not, everyone else. Supposedly there won’t be any hardware requirements for you to get Ice Cream Sandwich.

With the first pictures of Ice Cream Sandwich now in the wild, we hope others will be encouraged to do the same thing. Let’s keep them coming until Google decides to release this creamy goodness. And how about a video of some cool animations, pretty please?

Via: AndroidPolice

Source: RootzWiki

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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  • codesplice

    I’m excited. I can’t wait for the brain freeze.

    • Mighty_O

      Maybe a heavy dose of it! enough to explode our brains. hahaha

    • Michelle Obama aka FLOTUS

      agree, iOS 5 already looks so much nicer, cleaner and more organized.
      Cant wait to upgrade my iPhone 4 to iOS 5, kids.

      PS: hubby still on blackberry .grr ..hes a weirdo

      • B Obama

        Michelle, I told you to quit blowing money. Forget the IOS and get your A-S-S back in the house. I know you need the Phoney phone to make you look cool (I know, I know…we’re both phoneys) but quit strutting and try to act normal. You’re going to get us in trouble. The Chicago newspapers are going to have a field day.

        • Mighty_O

          I”m already having a field day. :O

      • Mighty_O

        Michelle Obama how you get over here?

      • http:// susuFOX

        Please don’t hate me, I really love Android. But i couldn’t agree more.
        This UI looks really ugly. and I really love the polish and aesthetics of iOS.
        I really hope this is some *REALLY* early build and the final build will look more cohesive.

  • Mighty_O

    cool, now someone bring in a video.

  • Gonçalo Silva

    Damn, I’ll miss the green :(

    • Drew

      I know me too… :(

      It was my favorite part of Gingerbread on the Nexus S!!!!

    • alamoe

      From what I read the colors will be customizeable.

  • T1392

    Loving it so far it looks like its coming along well, but I will be expecting a lot more surprises then just honeycomb stuff. ;-)

    • Ice cream! Ice cream! (get ready…)

      —–it looks like a rotten sandwich—–

  • M3rc Nate

    Very cool. Though i dont like the Call box in blue. I liked it more when it was just a phone. The blue box behind it makes it look boring, and being square doesnt fit with all the rest of the icons.

    What im MOST excited for is the second confirmation here that my G2 will be getting Ice Cream (4.0)!! I will be getting my OTA gingerbread soon, and i thought it was my last update. Reading 4.0 has no hardware requirements and that any phone running Gingerbread should be able to have IceCream is awesome. It will all be up to Tmobile to see if they will put down the money to update a discontinued phones OS.

  • ericl5112

    I think it’s fake. The phone icon is straight out of Froyo. The color is teal instead of the darker blue of honeycomb. Green Power widget. Weird bottom on the notification tray. All add up to theme +build.prop edit I think.

    Besides, where are the honeycomb features? Notification power widgets. Per notification clearing. Multitasking. Nothing. Even an early build should have somethign besides look like themed froyo/gb.

    • TGeezy

      Agreed. I was most definitely was thinking the same. Too many Touchwiz elements abound and the green power widget was a clear giveaway.

    • Alberto Vildosola

      According to the source, the stuff that looks like Froyo/Gingerbread hasn’t yet been redesigned. It’s a work in progress.

      • ericl5112

        I understand gingerbread stuff, but why use froyo elements that were redesigned in gingerbread? Makes no sense.

      • ericl5112

        I will add, this is a reason I love A&M. I said the same thing on AP, and the editor got pissed at me for “grandstanding”. Glad it’s more open here.

        • Taylor Wimberly

          Wouldn’t be the first time someone tried to fake a Nexus 3 or ICS story haha. You have good reason to be suspicious.

    • Patrick E. Mahoney Jr.

      I also agree. I don’t think it would be that hard to fake it, just go ahead and theme a ROM a little bit and change some things. If that’s what it’s really going to look like, I’m going to be a little bit upset. I was hoping for some kind of total WOW redesign that nobody has ever seen before. I don’t really know what I’m looking for, but it definitely isn’t that.

    • Rasterman

      Yes, this is a fake. ICS will be released in three months time – how can it be this unfinished? At this stage it has to be almost complete so final testing before manufacturing can be done.

  • ericl5112

    Also, does anyone find it sad that most phones are still running 2.2 officially, when the phone OS after 2.3 is soon to be released?

  • T1392

    Also was hoping the ICS version would’ve been red since gingerbread went green, Honeycomb went Tron blue, ICS should be red or yellow to go along with googles colors & can I please get some BumpTop.

  • noriega713

    Maybe we can choose our themes?…(a man can dream can he)…lol… It looks like a mixture between CyanogenMod 7 Themes chooser mixed with GoLauncher…or is it just me?…Either way I STILL WANT IT…lol


    I seen this earlier through many outlets and I have been jumping up and down for the past 1hr… This is exiting and let the fun begin people.. Ice cream news!! Nexus news cant be to far behind… STrap on your belts guys! its going to be a fun fun ride !

  • ExplodingApples

    This is what State of the Art UI look like?
    I’m not sure how excited I should be.

    • Anthony E

      I think this is fake. This UI is just some colour changes.

  • smith324

    Interesting, its still using the old kernel, 2.6.35 instead of the 3.0 its supposed to have.

    • NotRelevent

      Honeycomb is 2.6.36.something. Ha..not much difference between .35 and .36.

      • Tom

        Not much difference between 2.6.36 and 2.6.40, which is what 3.0 could have been.

    • Rasterman

      Yes, all adding up to an elaborate fake.

  • Mfg68

    I really hope this OS enables something like hardware accelerated animations. This is what is needed to get that “smoothness” of iOS.

    As for that multitasking button, how can that be usable if we’re in an app? There must be another wY to multitask if we’re not on the homescreen.

    • ericl5112

      Honeycomb has HW acceleration, and I imagine they will improve it more in ICS.

      As for the multitasking button, I bet old phones will still rely on long press home.

  • Rich

    Am I the only one to think the dock looks really ugly? All different icons with different shapes etc! Hopefully the final build will look more cohesive!

  • Interpol91

    With all of this ICS and phone news today both my sweet tooth and tech needs are being stuffed today!

  • Mark

    If this is anything like the final ICS, i’m massively disappointed. To me it looks like a lazy re-themed gingerbread with custom launcher icons and a slightly new app launcher. This looks nothing like honeycomb, it just has some blue in its colour scheme. Android on phones is ugly imo, honeycomb is slick, modern and cool, ics needs to be a mini honeycomb, not a reskinned gingerbread.

  • Alan Paone

    I thought you were good at spoting fakes A&M. Also, This looks like a cheesy stockier theme of touchwiz. This isn’t what ICS will look like.
    This is a bad photoshop, look at the picture of the add to homescreen menu, the edge of the screen is in different places for each element. The version name doesn’t follow the bottom of the screen. Unless the new version is doign away with straight lines and symetry, this is not it.
    There’s also no holograms anywhere, which would’ve been an obvious choice to photograph

  • Ac

    Most likely is a fake.

    -Honeycomb uses a much newer kernel build, 2.6.36, and ICS was allegedly supposed to use 3.0.

    -Phone icon taken directly from froyo

    -Android version is supposed to say the version number, not name, even with previous leaks with gingerbread they always showed the number.

    -This has a teal blue theme rather than the dark blue colors of Honeycomb

    -App tray should be semi-transparent

    -Shouldnt the clock have an LED font?

    - That power control widget has been removed ever since Honeycomb

  • ali ben-kalifa

    I think this fake
    black bars on screen wtf wtf fake.


  • Asd

    Wasn’t 4.0 suppose to run karnel 3.0 ?

  • Gary

    I can’t wait to hold the Nexus Prime in my hands, loaded with the miracle of ICS…at last I will know what Prince Adam felt like when he transformed into He-Man! LOL!

    • She-Ra

      “By the power of grayskull – i have the Nexus Prime!”

  • Chelsea

    theandroidsource is reporting they are fakes.

  • Alex

    Its a work in progress remember it still sites not have the holographic ui google says it would

  • luiek20

    this seems fake to me, looks like a themed version of gingerbread

  • Oreo

    While I am a fan of android. I really do think this is a step back from Gingerbread. I was hoping for a much better looking design. -sigh- I hope this isn’t ICS, because I’m not screaming for it. :( Still going to buy the Nexus Prime though. :)

  • Squirrel

    Gotta say, it looks a lot like the default looks of CM7…

    • comandantecee

      Agreed, looks like some shit from a theme for cm7.

  • Name *

    Its windows phone 7

  • Koolio

    This looks like a fake to me.
    1. The notification bar is blue but the power control widget is green?
    2. The new icon on the bottom does not match with the others, its the only one that has a circle around it.
    3. The browser icon doesn’t look like the stock one.
    4. In the about phone page it says IceCreamSandwich instead of a number like in all the other Android versions.
    5. Google promised a big UI overhaul but this is barely different from Gingerbread.

  • Steve505

    This is totally fake.

    The android version should be a number and it should be using the 3.0 kernel.

  • Kevin

    This is why i’ve been with Google since G1. Updates and updates. It’s a constant thrilling ride to harness our needs.

  • Nate B.

    I’m excited about the rumors and stories. Its what always happens when something big is on the horizon. Like when the Evo was coming. Just gets me excited.

    I don’t really believe this though. It looks really ugly. I understand if its not done but it looks really UGLY and unprofessional. Good try.


    iOS5 is going to run over this dump cream sandwich!

  • Mark

    Terrible fake.

  • Linux 3.0

    it says

    I thought ISC was going to be built with linux 3.0

  • nicxus

    Hope its fake because it look UGLY.

  • Nathan

    Well it not what I expected but anything is better then this old mytouch 3g 3.5. Anyway I would buy this stillon the spot but I wouldn’t be as excited but still it a nexus phone but hopefully the UI will get better over time.

  • SliestDragon

    Taking this with a grain of salt, though excited to see more _leaks_. Even if they’re fake, it’s cool to see what people _want_ to see.

  • T1392

    Maybe someone should have bolded & capitalized the “VERY EARLY BUILD” part huh?

  • Richard Yarrell

    To me by the looks of it we are definately on the right track. Just at this point IT BLOWS ANYTHING IPHONE related OUT OF THE WATER…Anyone walking around with iphones just don’t really understand…They never will…

  • AME

    “IceCreamSandwich” as the version killed it. Even if they don’t want to release the true version number to the masses yet, they still need some sort of internal numbering system to keep track of any updates they make. It’s how engineers work… ALWAYS!

  • Robot Human

    I like how Froyo and Gingerbread look but I’m not too familiar with Honeycomb. They all look the same though, I just hope it’s stable. I have a Nexus S with Cyanogen BC Gingerbread kept forceclosing on me and I still get random rebooted so I’m just hoping it’s stable on the Nexus 3.

  • Android Sensei

    This looks fake. Google would not use “IceCreamSandwich” as it’s Android Version or Build Number. We debate about the numbers Google has it already in their minds what it will be. If ICS is a mixture o Honeycomb and Gingerbread where is the holographic face that was promised? I won’t believe it until mid September when I am sure there will be numerous pics of ICS – Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Leonick

    Wasn’t the statusbar icons blue in froyo? Why would the go back? Or was that just Samsungs Froyo rom for my galaxy tab?

  • janus

    Looks more like Iceturd Sandwich to me! This is definitly Fake, or if it isn’t I’m goin for a skinned Android the first time :D

  • Proto

    To me this looks like a tweaked version of “honeybread” on cm7 on the ADW launcher. I think that this is a fake. Also why would the power bar remain green if everything else is the new blue? Just my opinion

  • Franz

    All the blue on the screen might also be due to a lot of the industry using PenTile displays in which green looks horrible on. Having everything in shades of blue (even the default browser is now blue) makes PenTile look like AMOLED Plus.

  • Azeem

    Totally fake. Its CM7 with Honeybread theme and Go Launcher. Also, the version would not be “IceCreamSandwich”, it would still be a number, and that is easily changed in the build.prop like another commenter has stated. Anyone with Root Explorer and CM7 could do this.

    Fake, fake, fake.

    • Azeem

      Correction, that launcher is TouchWiz, not Go Launcher. Whoops.

  • innov8ion

    Nexus S won’t get it first — Nexus Prime will.

  • MrAndyDev

    If this is what Google has for the future, even if it was an early build, im done with android. This better just be the bastardized version for phones with hardware buttons and non compatible screen size. Ive came up with many ideas on how the features and UI from honeycomb could be ported over to phones and they are all better than this.

  • MrAndyDev

    Any rom dev with even a little UI experience could easily put this together.

  • Michw

    And build code is IRK36B,base on google’s definition,it’s build on Aug.5 ,i really dont think it’s the early build, so fake totally

  • Kiran

    One reason why ppl prefer Apple is coz of the beautiful interface. Hope that Google will work on it for the ice cream sandwich release.

  • Leodsk

    Man, I just wanted Google to fix the problem with controlling the songs with the earphones, just like iPhone.

  • MonsterSports

    Not really digging the look of it, but i was never a fan of stock Android OS.

  • alamoe

    You know, people are funny. I remember when leaked pictures of Gingerbread and the Nexus S first hit the Internet. Everyone said “Its fake,” “Its ugly,” “I don’t want it.” Turned out the leaked pictures turned out to be real. And guess what…now everyone loves Gingerbread and the Nexus S. I just don’t see how you can make a definitive decision from some blurry, leaked, blacked-out, early screenshots. Wait until you see the complete ICS on your device or at least on video until you decide if its good or bad. Andy Rubin and Matias Duarte have been doing this for a while; I think they have a pretty good idea what they’re doing. /rant

    • traybeal

      You are speaking truth, it is far better for us to wait and see the official and final product of the next great Nexus beast to roll and lapped up by us. Icecream is to push the envelope for Android OS, bring the noise.

  • Rashad

    It seems ok… I like the new notification window shade

  • d1292b

    Looks great

  • James

    So what happened to the removing of hardware buttons etc. Has everyone just forgotten about that or something? I was really looking forward to having a phone which is all screen on the front.

    Also I can’t believe people actually hope those leaked shots are true. It looks totally crap, a marginal improvement perhaps what with the app drawer, but the rest is barely changed. The status bar looks a mess and lacking any uniformity, and the launcher looks like Launcher Pro with a mismatch of icons. Not impressed at all..