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Motorola To Debut Ice Cream Sandwich "6 Weeks After Launch"

Google-owned Motorola Mobility has confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich will come to its devices six weeks after the latest version of the operating system is released on the market.

Androidandme (opens in new tab) claims that three existing handsets, the Razr, the Droid Bionic and the XOOM will get the upgrade, with new devices (more than one) being launched with Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year. It's worth noting that the three aforementioned devices are all dual core models with 1GB RAM and a qHD (960x540 pixels) resolution.

Whether this will constitute the baseline for Android Ice Cream Sandwich remains to be seen. It is very likely that Google has been working closely with Motorola - which it owns anyway - when developing Ice Cream Sandwich, and the fact that it has confirmed a time frame means they must have already done some work in the background.

It should be pointed out that Motorola will have to port its Motoblur user interface to Ice Cream Sandwich as well, and that the upgrade will likely come to unlocked phones at the beginning and then to network specific handsets after tests have been carried out by the network operators.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.