More evidence that Google's next Android release comes earlier than previously thought.
Google announced the Android update dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich back at the Google I/O 2011. Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to unify Android across smartphones and tablets. Which is of course a great thing. Google also needs to bake in some new features though to bring new value to Android and counter the iOS 5 and iCloud Apple assault this Fall.
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Ice Cream Sandwich and new Android devices shipping with it have not been expected to ship before November. In June we reported about the Google Nexus Prime, which would be the first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. It would ship on Black Friday. A couple days though we reported about Asus planning the release of new version of their very successful Eee Transfomer tablet in October. This would only make sense if they can ship with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Now BGR reports that Google is indeed getting Ice Cream Sandwich out already in October to compete with Apple's iOS 5 related releases (iPhone 5). I do not think that Google will let Asus be first with an Ice Cream Sandwich device. The Nexus Prime would be first and then likely Motorola gets the honors again with the first Ice Cream Sandwich device. It could be called Motorola Kore.