Ice Cream Sandwich. Those three words are sure to catch the attention of every Android feen within a 10 mile radius. If the mere mention of the upcoming version of Android can cause such a stir amongst the community, just imagine what will happen when we get to see it in action?

Actually, you don't have to imagine -- the first video of Ice Cream Sandwich has just hit the internet. It's running on a Nexus S that, unsurprisingly, came from eBay.

Update: If the video above stops working or gets taken down, here are mirrors on YouTube and MegaVideo.

You can definitely see the Honeycomb-meets-Gingerbread action going on here -- even the color scheme is a clear collaboration of the two operating systems, exactly like it did when we leaked exclusive screenshots back in August. The lockscreen and running apps selected are clearly taken directly from Honeycomb, while the app tray remains very Gingerbread.

The launcher has taken on a makeover, too -- we now have four shortcuts where there used to only be two, as well as what looks like a dedicated folder just for Google Apps.

I don't know about you, but I'm more excited than ever for this release to hit devices.

[via Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
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  • Stefan K.

    If that would be the real deal, I can't wait to see a port or official ROM for my Galaxy S 2!!!

  • Ryan

    That lock screen is Ripple Lock from the Market. Nothing unique there...

    • Flippy125

      Nope, ripple lock doesn't bounce back when you let go halfway.

      To whoever has this device: Please go to XDA for instructions on how to dump the system

      • Ryan

        It does on mine. Strange.

        • http://briefmobile.com Kenneth

          This doesn't look or act the same as Ripple Lock.

      • Ryan

        The unlock sound is exactly like Ripple Lock. So you may be saying an official vanilla build stole a sound effect from an app developer in China?

        Sorry, but I created a custom Android HaRET build for the HTC Rhodium that looks and behaves exactly like Honeycomb. If my dumb ass can fool people with that on a hacked dualboot phone which actually runs WinMo6.5, then someone smarter than me can do this on a NS.

    • Joey

      Wasn't Ripple Lock made to work like a honeycomb lock? And wouldn't that explain why the lock from the company that actually created it would look the same as the dude who ripped it off?

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com Silver Fang

    Looks interesting. Looks like the camera had more features than the Froyo and Gingerbread ones.

  • Cubamusprime

    Is this the best Google could do then I am no impressed...

    • Flippy125

      Keep in mind that this is a pre-release build

      • Joey

        A pre-release build that somebody apparently happened to stumble across and is just showing a bunch of stuff that he/she knows how to work...so there is likely stuff that wasn't touched here - again, if it's even a genuine OS.

    • BeatBlaster

      Is this the best comment you could come up with? I'm not impressed.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Most of the changes should be under-the-hood, not in UI. UI changes are just niceties.

    • GergS

      What exactly did you expect?

      Looks really slick to me. Now, my real questions are about how they dealt with UI inconsistencies... I'll have to get my hands on it or get a more in-depth video for that.

  • nerdshowandtell

    Why is it that the only people who get this stuff are the ones who DO NOT OWN A tripod!!!

    • sgtguthrie

      LOL... Agreed! :-)

  • Mustang

    you guys ever heard about custom roms? bang

    • GergS

      A custom rom that made an all-new camera UI... rotating screen framework... yeah. Make sure this ROM cooker submits to CM's github! They could use his help!

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        And it's the same custom ROM our source with a track record used? Give me a break.

  • brits CV NJ u

    Source: Engadget.. Not real.

    • tommy

      I can't think of something engadget has posted as fact that happened to be false.

      • Joey

        I agree with tommy - I would definitely like to know what engadget has posted that ended up being false. Plus, they mention it might not be real and opine that it's a pretty sweet ROM if it's not.

  • ocdtrekkie

    Video's gone before I got here. >.<

    • Eric

      I got here after you, and it's still here.

      • ocdtrekkie

        It appears to be *back* is more like it. ;) I see it now too.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Just in case it does it again, we've updated the post with 2 mirrors - YouTube and MegaVideo.

  • Eric

    Wow, looks like the leak before might have been legit. I doubted (which was apparently enough to make me a horrible person according to certain writers) but looks like my doubts may have been incorrect.

    Rather impressed so far, now just give me back my verticle app drawer. It's ok horizontal in honeycomb, since you can display a lot of apps, but you can't just fling your way to the bottom in a paginated drawer. It can take 3-6 swipes instead.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's your job to doubt and our job to make your doubts go away :-]

    • Randy

      I agree with your app drawer comment. I like to have 1 continuous app drawer instead of multiple pages. I hope there's an option to switch between the 2.

  • jaime

    Ugh why couldn't he show us the messaging and browser apps? I swear if the messaging app is going to be the same cyan/white I'm going to hurl myself off a cliff. This guy NEEDS to get over to XDA PRONTO.

  • Be2Be

    Wait & see before to have an opinion on something that isn't not yet released.

    Maybe you'll find an option to switch between vertical and horizontal app drawer.

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    All of this is awesome...
    now what's left is a LEGENDARY hardware and not crapware as the Nexus S was when it came out... it was obsolete since day 1 (almost) ...
    want something AWESOME!!!
    AAAAAAAAAAAND WHY IS THIS VERSION OF THE OS USES THE NEXUS S BUTTONS!!!!! either fake (somehow) or ICS is not so awesome after all....
    we want 4.7" edge-to-edge screens with 720p res and superior battery and Quad-Core ,,, and this best part of those demands is f***ed up in this version of the software... which is the Edge-to-Edge buttonless screen!!!
    (I know this comment seems to b crazy and distracted xD as i write the idea that pops in my mind immediately lol

    • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

      and the* best part

    • tommydaniel

      Superior battery life isn't going to happen until battery technology advances.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      This comes up every time for some reason - do you expect the Nexus S OS to have virtual buttons? In addition to physical? That would make 0 sense.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      Ummm...wat in the hell are you talking about? I don't even know where to start with that comment. A whole lotta crazy.

    • Flippy125

      I didn't know that software could change physical hardware. Does this mean I can upgrade my desktop's cpu to Bulldozer with an update?? *Runs off to thepiratebay to look for Bulldozer leaks*

  • Nobody

    Come on...

    this is fake as hell or really old.

    Same shit that was on Rootzwiki over a month ago.

    More reasons it's fake:

  • manny

    love this i cant wait for ice cream :]

  • JCS

    Why the hell didn't they hit the "About Phone" under settings, give a peak at the Android version number? Anyone who knows Ice Cream Sandwich would be proudly and loudly showing off "4.0.0" or whatever it is. Leaning towards bullshit on this video...

    • ArunaSena

      I got to agree with you there, the ABOUT PHONE is more important at least we get to know whats the build number.

      Honestly guys, I have doubtys on this video..guess its just the wait and see game for now

  • anonhater

    -Arial in the Settings screenshot rather than the font created by Google
    -An obvious improvement on an existing Launcher app: http://syndicateapps.com/main/ICS_Launcher.html
    -Almost identical to the shot leaked on RootzWiki over a month ago
    -Piss poor teal modification of the T-Mob-style theme included with CM7.
    -The camera app, amazingly looks worse than previously.
    -The effects on the camera app look lifted from Haxzamatic's CM7 theme.
    -Oh, and Ripple Lock: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.nanoha.MyLockScreen

  • Mark

    FAKE. If you believe this video, I have a purple unicorn for sale in my garage.

    • LKBfreak

      How much?! I'm interested in buying it! X)

    • Noodle

      Do you still have one?

  • LKBfreak

    Funny - but on XDA site owner of the supposed ICS handset has been OTA wiped by the Google! X/ Now there's a panic thread over dumping the OS from the phone hahahaha. Can't escape the virtual reality...

  • David

    i call fake
    Looks like a modded rom.
    where are the on screen buttons?

    • Androo

      When ICS is on Nexus S, it won't have on-screen buttons. Duh.

  • Drewskee


    Hope he gets it going..would love to have this ported and going...hope fullyto a Evo4g =)

  • wpfn

    I'm thinking fake...otherwise why wouldn't someone making the video get half a brain and show you the version...

  • KJB

    If this is what we have all been waiting for, I am very disappointed. There may be performance improvements, but it looks awful. The "Tron" like glowing theme just seems so juvenile, for lack of a better word. The honeycomb tablets to not appear professional when doing demonstrations/presentations with customers. It appears much to video game like and it loses its appeal in the business market. It will really be a shame if ICS goes this same route.

  • Tommy P.

    Looks more like gingerbread or cm7 with a change to the build ID. Nothing what ICS will look like. This may be news to some, but this is old trickery that many have been falling for over a week now. Find Something REAL to post next time. This is MISINFORMATION.