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Next Android version confirmed as ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’

Internet search engine giant Google has officially announced the new version of Android in ‘Ice cream sandwich’ at their Google I/O developer's event in America, along with some other news surrounding the mobile phone OS developments of late.

'Ice cream sandwich' is set to be the next new version of Android to arrive, although it’s not known as yet if this will be under the release of 2.4 or another number.

Google is aiming for a Q4 launch of the OS and it’s said to be the most ambitious Android platform yet, with themes surrounding ‘choice’ with one OS is to be used everywhere.

The company is taking the best of Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 and using it on the mobile phone, along with using the same Android ‘Ice cream sandwich’ on tablet devices as there will no longer be an OS for phones and one for the larger touch screen products.

Google are bringing to mobile phones the new holographic user interface, application launcher, richer widgets and advanced applications from Android 3.0 – whilst providing the development software too, which will all be open source.

In the last two and a half years there have been eight releases to the Android platform, where there's another one being rolled out in an update to Android 'Honeycomb' – in version 3.1.

There are improvements surrounding the task switcher which will allow for more apps to be scrolled through than ever before, expandedable widget windows for a larger view, better USB host features that provide access from peripherals such as a standard USB keyboard and XBOX 360 game controller on tablets running the Android 3.1.

Google also announced some stats and figures at their Google I/O event, just to show where they have come from and where they are today in terms of numbers.

The company has reached the figure of 100 million Android device activations, from 310 devices in over 112 different countries. This comes from 36 OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners, on 215 mobile phone networks with over 450,000 Android developers writing software for the devices.

In May last year Google saw 100,000 Android devices being activated daily, now that figure has reached 400,000 each and every day.

There are also more than 200,000 applications available in the Android market place. Google noted it took 2 years to hit one billion downloads, where five months later they saw two billion and today the figure has reached 4.5 billion – where a billion downloads are reached every 60 days.

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Rob Kerr
Rob Kerr

Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.