Google confirms new device coming with new Ice Cream Android operating system
Andy Rubin, Google’s executive in charge of Android, has said that each new release of the platform will be accompanied by hardware
Google has confirmed that new versions of its mobile and tablet operating system, Android, will each be accompanied by new hardware.
Andy Rubin, head of Android, and chief executive Eric Schmidt, said that Ice Cream, the forthcoming OS, will bring together the tablet features of Honeycomb and the phone features of Gingerbread.
Speaking at a media event after Mr Schmidt’s keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mr Rubin said that it was important that new versions of an operating system were not “just a thought experiment,” and that “each software release be accompanied by a hardware component”.
He did not elaborate on a manufacturer or a form factor for the new operating system, but said that sales of HTC’s Nexus One had exceeded Google’s expectations.
The sequel, the Nexus S, was made by Samsung and the company’s first official tablet, the Xoom, has been made by Motorola.
Mr Schmidt’s keynote presented a wide-ranging case for computers than meant humans were “Not lost, never lonely, never bored”.
He said new technology offered the possibility of “a lifelong life of knowledge and entertainment – a pot pourri for all of us to choose from”.
Mr Schmidt said his vision was of “A future for the masses not the elites; 2 billion people will enter our conversation who we’ve never heard from will enter our conversation in the next year.”