Google has started the dogfooding process of testing the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" update for the Nexus S, according to one of Google employees Adel Saoud. Dogfooding is a practice of having company employees use products before releasing them to the public ("eat your own dog food" in this sense apparently originated in Microsoft back in 1988), thus weeding out bugs while the products are still revolving in a relatively contained environment.
We're not sure whether what you're about to see is yet another Easter egg in Ice Cream Sandwich (remember the Nyan Droid?) or the next amazing launcher that will do your dishes and fly you into space, but it turns out the stock ICS launcher actually has another launcher buried inside.
Earlier today via its Facebook page, LG announced that it would be bringing ICS to a number of "high-end" devices, including the Optimus 2x, Optimus Black, Optimus 3D, and Optimus LTE. Other LG devices are still on the chopping block, as they are currently being evaluated "to determine whether [ICS] is compatible with the functionality, features, and performance of other LG smartphones."
More details, including an upgrade schedule and specific model information, should be available and posted on the LG Facebook page sometime next month.
Remember the upcoming HTC Ville that we heard about earlier this month? Pocketnow has snagged what seems to be an official render, and the image reveals a device swathed in brushed aluminum - not to mention, as rumored, the Ville does look like it will check in at under 8mm thick.
Other details remain the same as what we've heard before:
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 8MP rear shooter (the same one that's reportedly in the Edge) with 1080p video
- Metal construction
- Less than 8mm thick
- 1650mAh battery
- Sense 4.0
- Beats Audio
HTC is expected to reveal the Ville at MWC in February, to be released in April.
Still rocking the HTC G1, the world's first Android phone? Didn't think so, but if you have one laying around somewhere, you may want to grab that thing and knock the dust off of it. Why, you ask? Because there's a "working" (I use that term loosely here) port of ICS ready to flash.
As you may imagine, it is incredibly slow and nearly unusable, but c'mon - you have to admit that it's pretty cool.
Not in the mood to wait around for Verizon to finally decide to put a firm release date on the Galaxy Nexus' head? Tied to one of the other carriers? If your answer to either of those questions was affirmative (and if you have three-quarters of a grand lying around), you'll be delighted to know that Expansys just put up a page from which customers can purchase the I9250 GSM variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
You know what you need on a Tuesday morning? Some news about three of the most anticipated things coming out before the end of the year all wrapped into one video: the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Tegra 3 processor, and Ice Cream Sandwich.
After the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich source code, the guys at NVIDIA got together with the Prime crew from ASUS to get a build working on the Prime as quickly as possible.
Earlier this month, Adobe announced that it would be halting development on the mobile version of Flash, which included support for Android devices. More recently, it was realized that the current version of Flash isn't compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich, leaving early adopters of the Galaxy Nexus without the ability to view flash content on the web.
Adobe has now confirmed that it will be bringing Flash to ICS devices before the end of 2011, but it will not support any version of Android past 4.0.
While we've seen the newest iteration of Android show its stuff on the phone, we've yet to see what the experience will be like on a tablet. That's all about to change, though, because Cyanogen himself posted the following on his Google+:
ICS on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pretty great. Coming soon to a CM mirror near you :)
I, for one, am giddy with excitement about this; I've been looking forward to ICS on my Tab 10.1 for a while now.
For those who are anxious to get their hands on Ice Cream Sandwich, another bit of Android's newest iteration has slipped out. This time, we've got the ICS keyboard. While it doesn't include the live voice-to-text functionality we were impressed by at Google's announcement (though there are options related to the microphone button in the keyboard's settings), it does bring some nice improvements to the table over Gingerbread's keyboard.