Before we go into details, let’s first recap the version of the Google Android OS from the beginning that we’ve been tasting on our Android smartphones – Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, and the latest Gingerbread. We’ve got a great news for Android fanatics, who are eagerly waiting for the next version of the Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). It will combine the tablet and smartphone operating systems into one joint OS that will support all devices – “One OS Everywhere”. The first screenshots of the purported Ice Cream Sandwich OS have leaked online. Two sources have posted the images of a Google Nexus S (T-Mobile) handset running Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. According to the reports, the Ice Cream Sandwich OS was supposed to be featured on Google’s upcoming Nexus phone, which is rumored to be called “Nexus Prime”. The source has been able to determine the following features about the ICS:
# Inclusion of Panorama mode with new camera app.
# Updated icons for some apps in blue color.
# Google Shopper app pre-loaded to utilize the NFC feature.
# Honeycomb-style Google Search bar embedded on top.
# Completely re-themed Gmail with all-new look to suit the new ICS scheme.
# Apps/Widgets launcher looks more like Honeycomb.
# New app drawer and a revamped launcher.
# Improved notification bar.
From the above screenshots, we can see that the wallpaper and the power widget are both from the previous version of Android OS. The T-Mobile Nexus S is running an unknown version of Ice Cream Sandwich OS version rather than 3.x series. So we guess that Google hasn’t yet decided if Ice Cream Sandwich is version 2.x or 3.x or 4.x. We are still doubting if it is actually Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, but it looks a lot like a couple of Cyanogen Mod 7 themes. More images after the break.
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