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Android 3.1 Ice Cream Sundae is expected to be unveiled during Google I/O in San Francisco next month
Labs in Mountain View and Cupertino are hiding fresh takes on the computing market. Apple recently announced that they’ll unveil their fresh take during WWDC 2011 in June, while we can now say with fairly certainty that Google will unveil their fresh take during Google I/O in May.
Android 3.1 Ice Cream Sundae is the full name of the next step in a computing world increasingly dominated by Google. Only time will tell whether Apple’s iOS 5 will be ready to compete head-to-head with Android 3.1 from day one, but we expect these two systems to steal most of the headlines soon.
Google reportedly celebrates the key milestone in advance, by shaking up its management structure. The LA Times has the scoop on the new structure of top executives:
CEO – Larry Page
SVP Mobile – Andy Rubin
SVP Social – Vic Gundotra
SVP Chrome – Sundar Pichai
SVP YouTube – Salar Kamangar
SVP Search – Alan Eustance
SVP Ads – Susan Wojcicki
Imagine devices and computers taking full advantage of each division here, and you’ll get a sense of where Google is headed for the time being. It begins with Android 3.1 Ice Cream Sundae, which will reportedly run on Smartphones, Tablets and TVs. Exactly when Android 3.1 products will appear remains to be seen, but we imagine Google and friends plan a big splash across all three product categories this summer, with Apple possibly to follow with a big splash this fall.
So, where does all this leave competitors like HP, RIM, Nokia and Microsoft? HP, RIM and Microsoft can best be described has having deep ties to the corporate side of technology, and all three are currently developing products that aim to cater to both corporations and consumers. Nokia recently decided to join Microsoft’s effort in that regard.
Anything could still happen, and it’s most definitely not a given that Google and Apple will rule on a global scale a few years from now. The days when it was easy to remain at the top are long gone. Nokia can attest to that fact any day of the week. This spring, however, it’s time to enjoy the next version of Android.
Google is probably the latest entity to join the arena of tablet makers. The company is reportedly mulling over the launch of a new a Nexus tablet alongside their smartphone – Google Nexus S.
Speculations have it that the upcoming tablet will be built by LG. This new choice of the manufacturer triggers many a question. As we know, the Nexus S was built by Samsung and Google preferred HTC for making the first Google Nexus phone.
Well, does this mean that Samsung and HTC have fallen out of favor with Google these days? The general feeling is what we just voiced, but then we will have to go deeper into that.
The upcoming Nexus Tablet, going by what we get to understand, might release sometime during summer. However, there are Google trackers who have started speculating on an autumn date.
This tablet from the house of Google could be the first device that runs the Google Ice Cream OS, the next Android OS version after Honeycomb. Now, doesn’t that make you sit up and take note of what we are saying?
We guess an exquisite package in the form of a tablet from the Google-LG workshops is definitely in the pipeline. We are just waiting for a confirmation from Google on that.
Since Google has officially unveiled Android 2.3 Gingerbread almost three months ago, some Android phone manufacturers have promised to release updates to this version for their devices. Among them was Samsung, promising to update the Galaxy S, last year’s flagship Android smartphone, to the newest version of the operating system. Last time we heard of this, Samsung was supposedly going to get the update out in March. Of course, after the amount of time it took Samsung to update the Galaxy S to Android 2.2 Froyo, many people were skeptical of this.
However, it may just happen. Maybe not this month, but pretty soon anyway, since the first Android 2.3 Gingerbread software build for the Galaxy S has leaked. Now keep in mind that this is clearly not the version that Samsung will release as the official update. For one thing, the Android Market only works if you root your device. And Swype is not included in this software version.
So this is clearly not for everyone to try. For the most enterprising of you, though, SamFirmware has instructions and a download link. Please also note that this is intended for the i9000, better known as the international version of the Galaxy S, and not for any of its countless carrier-customized variations.
This build will clearly be of a lot more use to developers rather than the average Joe, but it does show that Samsung is hard at work getting Gingerbread on the Galaxy S. It’s only a matter of time now.
HTC has announced that it will release Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for four of its handsets soon. The company confirmed with Slashgear that the Gingerbread update for the four Android based HTC handsets would be released in the second quarter of this year. These four handsets are- Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z and Incredible S.
HTC hasn’t announced any specific date for the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for Froyo running handsets. However, the second quarter release of Gingerbread certainly is a relieving update for all Desire series handsets and Incredible S owners. But the delay might leave a select few disgruntled with Froyo running on it.
By the second quarter, Google is expected to show and release Android 2.4 Ice Cream that will come along with a new breed of devices. The Ice Cream update is said to combine the elements of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. As of now, there are no details on what features will be enabled with the Ice Cream update.
"The APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market," SDK Tech Lead Xavier Ducrohet announced in a post on the Android Developer blog.
The release of the full SDK comes just under a month after Google released a preview of the SDK in late January.
Along with the new platform, Ducrohet also announced updates to the SDK Tool (r10) and the ADT Plugin for Eclipse (10.0.0). Goodies promised in these updates include UI Builder improvements such as an updated layout editor palette, more-accurate layout rendering, zoom improvements, and more.
Google began showing off Honeycomb late last year, with the first demos appearing early last month and an official unveiling on February 2.
As detailed on Google’s Android 3.0 Platform Highlights page, Honeycomb is "designed from the ground up for tablets" – a sentiment reiterated by Google director of products for mobile Hugo Barra at the February 2 unveiling.
"Android today is available for large-screen tablet-sized devices," Barra said at the time. He did, however, allow for some wiggle room when it comes to moving Honeycomb down into the smartphone zone. When asked about that eventuality, he said: "We don’t know. That’s a conversation we’re having right now."
Honeycomb hasn’t made its way onto tablets quite yet. The honor of its arrival on store shelves is destined for the Motorola Xoom, which is set for release this Thursday.
Don’t get discouraged though because the release of the SDK is normally the prelude to the release of the much more useful sources (AOSP), which are likely going to hit sometime soon due to the first devices with Honeycomb being shipped right now (Motorola Xoom, which goes for sale tomorrow 2/24/2011).
If you are unaware of what the OS looks like, or its capabilities, we strongly suggest that you visit the Android Developers official page, which will give you everything from download to installation instructions, to tips and tricks to start developing for this new OS.
The Mobile World Congress saw keynotes by some of the industry’s big players. Take for example, Eric Schmidt of Google. Schmidt talked about the next steps the Google Android OS will take in the future, and how the company would venture into the future of smartphones. Most important news that could be taken from the keynote perhaps is something that’s related to the much awaited next generation Google Android OS – the Ice Cream. According to Schmidt, the Google Android Ice Cream will combine features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is the current newest Android OS for smartphones (although some believe it to be a Nexus S-only version, with Android 2.4 still likely to be called Gingerbread and expected soon on next-gen smartphones), while Honeycomb is the company’s unofficial OS for tablets. Additionally, Android OS updates will now officially come every 6 months, whereas Google previously promised only yearly updates. Even so, this isn’t anything big, as we’ve seen OS updates every 6 months for the past year anyhow.
At the keynote, Schmidt showcased the Honeycomb, mentioning that Google is working on getting people “something really fast” to support current always on-the-go lifestyles. One feature that’s sure to catch the interest of many is the “Movie Studio,” an application that lets users edit videos right on their Android devices. Another very interesting feature to look forward to is the Google Translate for phones. According to Schmidt, a phone with the app installed can digitize your voice, and through cloud computing, be able to do very fast translations. Considering how faulty Google Translation’s results are for me, I’m a bit skeptical regarding this development. However, if done right, this could be considered a milestone in not only in smartphone history, but in the history of inter-language communications.
Aside from these aforementioned features Google is currently working on, Schmidt says the company is exploring the limits of what smartphones can do. “Why is my phone not talking to my friends’ phone and figuring out which route is faster? Wouldn’t it be interesting if you thought of your phone as first a communications device, second as computational, and third, what about a serendipity platform? That is the future of the platform we’re all building together,” he said. As for the upcoming LTE technology, Schmidt believes it “will create the opportunity for another set of applications we can only imagine.” If Google holds true to Schmidt’s words, we can expect great things from the company in time.