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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Debuting Ahead of iPhone 5 in October?

Search engine giant Google is in a mad rush to deliver the next version of Android codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich before Apple releases iPhone 5.

A source with knowledge of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich has told Boy Genius Report that the first Ice Cream Sandwich powered devices will start releasing as early as October this year.

The company was earlier expected to launch the platform and devices for it by the end of this year. Ice Cream Sandwich was announced for the first time in the Google I/O conference earlier this year.

Google released Android Honeycomb 3.0 OS for tablet devices in order to stem Apple’s growth in the tablet market. However, the platform failed to make an impact similar to what the Smartphone version of Android had done.

Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be launched for both Smartphones and Tablet devices, will be designed to unify Android Gingerbread with Honeycomb. Developers will be able to use the Android API to deliver similar app experience on both Smartphones and Tablets that will be powered by the new OS.

Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5 in either September or October and Google does not want Android owners, at the end of their contracts, to ‘drool’ over iPhone 5, BGR reported.