Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Google’s Android OS is supposed to launch in either October or November. ICS is supposed to blend the best of Gingerbread and the best of Honeycomb into a unified OS that can be used on both phones and tablets.
Not much of the OS has been revealed, until today. A user supposedly bought a Samsung Nexus S on eBay, and to their surprise, the Google device was running the un-announced version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead of simply taking pictures, the person decided to do more than that: provide the entire internet with a nice video.
In the video, we can clearly see how some features from Gingerbread and Honeycomb have been combined to create ICS. The lock screen has been changed; the camera app has been completely redesigned.
On the home screen, you have four shortcuts (plus the app drawer button) instead of the two that we were accustomed too in stock Android 2.3. On the home screen, you can also see a Google Apps icon that when pressed, opens a folder with the standard Google apps, such as Market, Gmail, Maps, etc.
The notification bar has also been redesigned. When you pull it down, you are presented with the date, a shortcut to settings, and the actual notifications.
Holding on to the home key brings up the list of apps that are currently open, just like in Honeycomb. You can then scroll up and down to select the app that you want to open.
When you open the app drawer, you are presented with the apps that are installed on your phone. From that same screen, you can touch on Widgets to display the widgets that are available from your apps. The widgets screen resembles that found in Honeycomb.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Do you think that this video is legit? None of this is confirmed to be Ice Cream Sandwich. I could be a very elaborate hoax by a developer who went ahead and created a custom rom to make things look like a mix of Honeycomb and Gingerbread.
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