Google’s next incarnation of their Android operating system finally made its way on the interwebs this evening. ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) is expected to be Google’s complete OS and will finally bring the best from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) together. It also appears that some aspects of iOS were thrown in, too. New app folders and dock resemble the iOS setup on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Considering Apple’s mood lately, I hope this doesn’t turn into something serious.
One of the other unique features of ICS is the camera’s ability to take panoramic images and automagically place them together. A new NFC compatible version of Google Shopper was on board and the native Gmail app has experienced a complete overhaul. The blue theme form Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is sprinkled through out the UI.
Google has official plans to have ICS on their Google experience device, the Nexus Prime, this fall. Nexus S owners are expected to be among the first devices to receive the new update.