Google To Combat iPhone 5 With Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' In October?

With Apple's rumoured iPhone 5 getting closer every day, Google is rushing to deliver its next Android smartphone and tablet operating system, just to be one step ahead its main rival, Apple Insider reports.

Last year, just before Apple released its iOS 4, Google rolled out its Android 2.2. Froyo, and in December the search giant launched 2.3.Gingerbread, an upgraded version of the platform, comprising NFC tags and WebM video codec.

Again going head-to-head with Apple, Google released its Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet OS in early 2011, in an effort to compete with the success of Apple's iPad. Honeycomb was incorporated in Motorola Xoom, shortly after Apple released its popular iPad 2.

Now, Google is preparing its next sortie, with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, folding elements from the Honeycomb tablet interface with the company's latest Gingerbread smartphone OS, creating a unified version of Android's APIs for both smartphones and tablets.

BGR reported today that the Ice Cream Sandwich device could hit the market this October, Google rushing its release as Apple is expected to launch its iPhone 5 this fall, in September or October. Of course, Google won't want its potential customers, and especially the current droid owners, to start "drooling over the iPhone 5", and will be hoping to ruin their appetite with a refreshing ice cream sandwich.