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Google announces new flavour of Android : Ice Cream Sandwich

One OS that runs everywhere” Android 4.0 codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich will be a universal Android OS that runs on Phones as well as Tablets and it may be expected by the end of 2011.This was officially announced by Google at the Google’s developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Google says the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android will “all be open source,” including APIs for face-tracking and other new features. Developers will be able to account for all form factors within this same version of the OS, and Google will be adding a lot of UIs to accommodate Android devices of all shapes and sizes.

The announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich followed news of Android 3.1, which carries desirable features like re-sizable widgets in the application launcher. Android 3.1’s trip over to Google TV will also carry with it the Android Marketplace and the usability of USB devices. At the keynote, Hugo Barra, director of Android product management, demoed the use of an XBox 360 controller with an Android game.

No official launch date has yet been announced for Ice Cream Sandwich, but Android 3.1 is now available to compatible devices.

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