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Google Scrambling to Release Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” to Compete with iPhone 5

If you are an avid fan of Apple, then it is highly likely that you've heard multiple rumors about the next iPhone, most especially with regards to its release date. The sheer number of iPhone 5 rumors that are popping out seemingly everywhere can be taken as a sign that the release of Apple's next major smartphone is just around the corner. But it seems that Google, one of Apple's direct competitor in the smartphone market, caught wind of this and are scrambling to deliver the next Android version so that the iPhone 5 will not appear on the market first.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
According to a report of BGR, they have a source who's allegedly familiar with Google's plans with regards to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich". The source claims that it is possible that we might be seeing the release of the next version of the Android as early as October. We have learned that Google is aiming to release Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year but with the imminent release of the iPhone 5, it seems that the company is now heavily considering to push up their target release date. This is because they do not want a scenario where their potential customers would come out of their contracts and be "distracted" by the iPhone 5.

From the report of BGR:

it’s looking like the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices could start hitting the ground in as early as October. We have been told that Google is looking to push up the release of Ice Cream Sandwich devices as Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected in September or October, and the Mountain View-based company doesn’t want potential customers coming out of contracts (especially original DROID owners) and “drooling over the iPhone 5.

As of now, not much is known about Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. If anyone can recall, it was first announced by Google in their I/O event in San Francisco earlier this year. All we know is that Ice Cream Sandwich will be the result as Google combines Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” and Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” into one mobile OS and is designed to run on both smartphones and tablets. It will also have new features like facial recognition, a new user-interface and new APIs that are designed to reduce Android's biggest problem, fragmentation.
Google Nexus Prime
With this report, it is highly possible that Google, along with its new Android version will also release its next Google Nexus smartphone, dubbed as Nexus Prime by the end of September or October. The rumored features of the Nexus Prime are looking quite attractive with its dual-core 1.5GHz processor, pure touch-friendly interface, 1 GB of memory and the high definition 720p Super AMOLED display.

On the other hand, Apple's iPhone 5 is rumored to launch this coming late September or early October alongside with the release of the company's next mobile operating system, the iOS 5. There have been multiple rumors regarding its specs and overall design but there's no concrete information that would let us form a conclusion. Although it is most likely going to have a faster processor chip, an improved camera and a slimmer design.

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