Ice Cream Sandwich Is Confirmed For some HTC Devices

I am still very specific about the types of electronics that I purchase.  I am very fixed on the Android devices.  Being an Android person I can attest to the facts at hand…

  • It is known that some IPhone devs have moved over to Android.
  • Blackberry has lost many customers to Android.
  • A regular person can code a Android app.
  • IPhones cost some serious money to get fixed correctly.
  • NO IPhone is identical to another.  (Connections, capabilities, etc.)
  • “Rooting” a IPhone a.k.a. “Jailbreak” is against a lot of Apples rules.

It is now confirmed that the HTC line of phones will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

So what is Ice Cream Sandwich?

The newest Android OS has been announced, and it’s called Ice Cream Sandwich.

This new OS is supposed to run on all types of Android devices, converging the Android operating system into one sweet package, easing the issue of OS fragmentation and creating new opportunities for developers.

The version number will be 4.0, and we can expect to see the OS rolling out by the end of 2011.

At Google’s developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google execs said this would be Google’s “everywhere” OS for mobile phones, tablets, and other connected devices.

When exactly this convergence will take place — especially in light of the Honeycomb 3.1 announcements just moments before the Ice Cream Sandwich reveal — is up for debate. But we’re hearing from Google reps that Ice Cream Sandwich will eventually close the 2.X/3.X fork and be the one OS for all Android devices.

We’d heard earlier this year that an OS called “Ice Cream” would be arriving this summer after a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was spotted running the OS at CES. At the time, most reporters were uncertain whether Ice Cream would be a continuation of the 2.4 fork and would function for mobile phones only.

One of the most consistent complaints about developing for Android is the ecosystem’s fragmentation. The hardware is a diaspora; the OSes in use are a crazy quilt. Hopefully, the new OS represents a more consistent direction for Android — one that will once and for all put to rest the more valid criticisms of the “fragmentation” camp.

Here is the text to the official Sprint announcement…

Sprint will begin to rollout Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to our customers in early 2012. Ice Cream Sandwich will be available via an over-the-air update to a variety of devices including HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and other key products in our line-up. Stay tuned for more details and exact timing.

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