We recently uncovered some new evidence that helps us to nail-down the name of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich launch device as the Nexus Prime, as well as giving us some hints about the device’s hardware capabilities. The hardware’s just part of it, though, making the phone’s release dependent on the availability of ICS. Google’s been talking about a Q4 release for the updated operating system, but we may be able to narrow that down a little more now, thanks to a comment Google’s Eric Schmidt recently made.
Schmidt stated, speaking at the Dreamforce conference, that ICS “is being released in October/November”. Admittedly, that doesn’t do too much to alter the release forecast, but it does allow us to eliminate the weeks leading up to this year’s holiday season. That means we won’t see a repeat of last year’s Nexus S release, which first dropped halfway through December.
Besides giving us this update on the ICS release, Schmidt poked a bit of fun at the naming scheme that Google’s adopted for its major Android releases, commenting that the team had started calling this one Ice Cream Sandwich “for some reason”. Because it’s delicious, that’s why!