Fancy Google Ice Cream Sandwich? Well fancy no more as Acer, Asus, HTC and Moto are all serving up 4.0 sandwich on smartphones and tabs, according to reports.
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Acer Iconia tabs will be among the first to serve up the tasty update for Google Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 in January 2012, Acer Poland confirmed to local media.
And it’s across the menu board with all tabs to receive 4.0 OS, including 7-inch A100, A101, the A500 10.1-inch and A501 3G which may be first to tablets to hit the market with the update.
However, not to let Acer grab all the sweeties, Asus too are tempting users with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, posting a brief teaser on its Facebook page, boasting “the next transformation” on Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer 2.
The update to Transformer was confirmed by Pocket Lint.
And Moto, now owned by Ice Cream makers, Google, are also on the ball.
Moto confirmed that it will deliver Ice Cream updates for existing devices, six weeks after its release, to ”some” devices but will also release fresh new models running the OS.
So what’s in a Google Ice Cream Sandwich? 4.0 fuses mobile phone (2.3-Gingerbread) with tablet functions (3.2-Honeycomb).
Google has given the user interface a makeover and offers more simplicity, “intuitive gestures,” and communicates with the owner through animations and vibrating feedback, offers better multi tasking with the help of Honeycomb task manager.
Other quirky extras include facial recognition and lock, voice engine which types as you talk, spell check for texts, unified calendar for better organisation and better camera functionality including continuous autofocus, face detection, and stabilized imaging zoom. Yummy.
Moto’s Razr is being launched tonight in Sydney running Android Gingerbread 2.3 but is almost certain to be among the chosen ones once the release is live. Xoom and Atrix are also thought to be among the line up.
HTC are also planning a similar mass roll out on smartphones, although no confirmation on precisely which ones, while Samsung’s new Nexus Prime is also coming fresh with Ice Cream 4.0.