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Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

Samsung Nexus Prime To Mark Ice Cream Sandwich Debut

Samsung is expected to debut the world's first Android 3.x Ice Cream Sandwich super phone at the CTIA trade show on October 11.

Samsung has something big planned for its "Unpacked" press conference, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11. The company published an interesting teaser video today that talks up the idea of things that "go together" with one another, such as cookies and milk, wine and candles, and coffee and a newspaper. What could it be?

Google's executives have hinted that the next version of Android--dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich--will arrive this fall. Ice Cream Sandwich is going to take the best elements of Gingerbread 2.3 and merge them with the best elements of Honeycomb 3.2 to make one, all-encompassing operating system that works on smartphones as well as it does on tablets.

Ice Cream Sandwich is important because developers will only have to write applications once to run on both Android smartphones and tablets. As it stands today, developers have to create their applications for either Gingerbread or Honeycomb, and then adapt to the other. Not so with Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a big deal and will make the lives of developers much simpler.

This new version of Android will need to make its debut on a new piece of hardware. In January 2010, Google debuted Android 2.1 on the Nexus One. In December 2010, Google debuted Android 2.3 on the Nexus S. This time around, it is possible that Google is going to debut Android Ice Cream Sandwich (the version number has not been defined) on the Samsung-made Nexus Prime.

Samsung has been leaking hints all over the place that it is the company chosen by Google to field the Nexus Prime. Today's video is only the latest such hint.

In the video, we see a curved piece of hardware that looks like it could be a tablet. There's something attached to the bottom of it, however, that looks suspiciously like a smartphone. Samsung could be suggesting that what's coming is a combination of two things--the smartphone and tablet operating system--which would be Ice Cream Sandwich.

I've seen some talk that interprets the video more literally, meaning that Samsung is announcing a pair of devices, a smartphone that attaches to or connects with a tablet. Is this possible? Sure. It's possible Samsung is announcing both a new smartphone and tablet, and Ice Cream Sandwich.

We'll find out one way or another next week. In the meantime, here's the video.

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User Rank: Apprentice
10/5/2011 | 7:45:13 PM
re: Samsung Nexus Prime To Mark Ice Cream Sandwich Debut
Combined with the lackluster iPhone 4GS announcement, maybe we'll finally see a dent in iPhone sales. That if Apple doesn't sue Samsung in US as well to block their sales...
User Rank: Apprentice
10/6/2011 | 12:39:03 AM
re: Samsung Nexus Prime To Mark Ice Cream Sandwich Debut
Wow. You don't seem to have any working knowledge of Android. They really should get someone to write an article who at least knows some simple facts.

Gingerbread = 2.3 Honeycomb = 3.x Ice Cream Sandwich = 4.x

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