Google is packing the best of its Honeycomb tablet computer software into a new Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android for mobile devices. The California-based Internet titan plan to release Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year. They announced that it is being designed to run smartphones, tablets, and any other Android gadgets. “Our top priority for Ice Cream Sandwich will be one operating system that runs everywhere,” Android engineering team chief Mike Claron said at a Google developers conference in San Francisco.
He further added, “We are taking all the good stuff we added to Honeycomb for tablets and are making it available everywhere.”
Google crafted Honeycomb from the ground up to power tablet computers that are being rushed to the market to compete with Apple’s hot-selling iPads. The Android software is free and Google has concerns that tablet makers would resort to using a prior version of the open-source operating system geared for smartphones but not optimal for tablets.
Ice Cream Sandwich features displayed at a conference in San Fransisco, comprised compatibility with major videogame console controllers and the ability of Web cameras to recognise who is speaking at given moments. “It will work on phones in every size and shape, tablets in every size ... even tablets that transform to laptops,” says Cleron.