After months and months of rumors, we’re finally starting to get a sense for what Apple’s plans for its next iPhone launch may be, with a September/early October release feeling likely. Google’s plans for Android have been a little harder to nail-down, and so far we have been looking for Ice Cream Sandwich to hit the scene sometime closer to the end of the year. A new rumor says that we may see ICS rushed out the door as early as October.
The relationship between Google and the tipster that offered this rumor isn’t clear, but BGR says that he’s someone with “knowledge of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich plans”. According to him, Google’s nervous with Apple’s iPhone release occurring so late this year, encroaching upon Google’s end-of-year turf. The rumor says that Google doesn’t want a situation where smartphone consumers have to decide between a new iPhone now, or waiting several months for a new ICS Android. As a result, it’s supposedly looking to have the first ICS device available within weeks of the next iPhone.
We’re still not sure what hardware Google intends to launch ICS via, or who will be the manufacturer, so if we are looking at an October release for ICS (and presumably, the next Nexus), Google would need to start finalizing its plans, which will hopefully lead to some leaks, giving us a better idea of what to expect.