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Android OS Platform 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Launching Soon

Google is assisting Android Honeycomb developers in their preparations for Ice Cream Sandwich.

According to reports, the Android maker is assisting developers by teaching them how to upgrade and make apps run smoothly on mobile phones.

Ice Cream Sandwich - the next version of the massively popular Android OS platform, is going to be a crucial step for the company as it will be aimed at unifying the Android for smartphones (Android 2.x) and Android for tablets (Android 3.x) platforms.

The exact release date of Ice Cream Sandwich has yet to be revealed by the company. However, based on ongoing speculation, it may only be month or so before the end-product hits marketplace.

"Although Honeycomb remains tablets-only, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release will support big screens, small screens, and everything in between," wrote lead technical writer for Android, Scott Main in a blog post (opens in new tab).

"This is the way Android will stay from now on; the same version runs on all screen sizes," he added.

The company also advised programmers to build their apps around Android “fragments”, so as to enable all Honeycomb based apps to run properly on smartphones.