Google is likely to launch its first Android Ice Cream Sandwich device by October. The intention here seems to be to put it in direct competition with iPhone 5. Although the version Ice Cream Sandwich of Android was announced at Google I/O 2011, not much information is available on it.
Some of its expected features include a new user interface and facial recognition. Besides, it will attempt to remove or at least reduce the problem of fragmentation in Android.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be formed by bringing together the Gingerbread and Honeycomb versions of the OS. An earlier report had suggested that Google is aiming to release an Android Ice Cream Sandwich device by the fourth quarter (January-March) of this financial year. Another website has pegged the time of launch in October this year. The iPhone from Apple is expected to be released in September or October.
iPhone 5 is likely to be thinner than iPhone 4 and will come with a dual core A5 processor along with a powerful camera.
On the software front, Apple has already released the next update in detail and the beta version has been released to developers too, but users are still not clear how the user-interface of Android Ice Cream Sandwich will look and whether it will be bug free.