At Google I/O this year, the newest version of Android was officially announced. Codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, it aims to bring Honeycomb features to phones, Gingerbread features to tablets, and everything in between. The official announcement left us without a firm release date -- only that it would be released in Q4 of this year.

At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco today, though, Eric Schmidt let a bit more info slip:

We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone’s really excited about.

This is the first real word that we've heard since I/O back in May, and while it may not be much, it definitely puts us one step close to ICS-powered devices.

Here is the full video:


[via Droid-Life]

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  • Michael

    Let the whining begin! "I want my ice cream sandwich" WAH

  • http://www.podoco.net zach

    does this mean theres a chance the nexus might not ship with ICS and get it later?

    • Cameron Summerson

      No. If anything, it means that we won't see the next Nexus as early as we thought.

  • fonix232

    Let's just say, they promised a 6-month release interval, and last huge release (2.3) was in April. So yes, definitely in October, plus, the Nexus Prime will get ICS too, and thus, they are most probably released together, in October.

  • http://www.mdknight.net Ish

    Even it's released after the proposed Nexus release date, it wouldn't be the first time an Android device got it ahead of the rest. (Eg. Xoom) Should be sweet.

  • Foo

    Anyone know of anywhere with video of it in action? Would be great to see it, especially since it is only 2 months or so away from launch.

  • Martin

    This is a fascinating interview of Eric, just watched the whole video and was blown away by his insight into technology and world economics..

  • vze

    Schmidt is too arrogant to listen to. There may be interesting comments there (e..g long term view of the industry), but too hard to strain your neck trying to get out from the shadow of his huge ego.

  • Ben

    It's pretty interesting that Schmidt seems to attribute all Apple's success to Steve Jobs and not the company as a whole.
    "...as well as he did - as well as they did..." (About 0:30:30)

    If that is his impression I don't think it is too far from the truth. It will certainly be interesting to follow Apple's progress going forward.

  • Duffin

    Am I the only one that /really/ dislikes Eric Schmidt? I don't know what it is about him. He just looks like an unlikable person and he's extremely arrogant. He's also quite insane and his views seem to be the complete opposite of what Google as a company's is, which is bad when the guy is a CEO.

  • Me!

    The idiot lib says.. why can't we have manufacturing here.. why can't we build IPADs here.. BECAUSE OF LIBERALS.. These people are supposed to be the smartest we have????? Over regulation, Obamacare, taxes.. What the hell is there not to understand???? God.. I dont think I ever seen such a smart person ask such a stupid question!