I think Eric Schmidt may just enjoy messing with fans of the Android OS from time to time. First, he casually used a Nexus S on stage before its release, and now he has "accidentally" confirmed that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be released while onstage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
In the unlikely case that you have forgotten, Ice Cream Sandwich is the version of Android that many have been hyping as if it is the magical solution to all of Android's problems. Although it will not be quite that impressive, it is quite an improvement on the current Android OS. Just some of the numerous upgrades include a combined phone and tablet version to stop fragmentation, an revamped UI, and better game support.
What Schmidt said specifically about the release is this: "We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyones really excited about." Clearly, the bit about excitement is true, as we have been eagerly watching Ice Cream Sandwich (and its rumored launch device, the Nexus Prime) from the first we caught wind of it.
Now that we know it is coming soon, all that is left is to find out the day. At first, Ice Cream Sandwich was slated for a release in Q1 of 2011, however recent rumors pushed that date up to sometime in October. Interestingly, Andy Rubin, the man in charge of Android, will be appearing at the AsiaD conference from October 19-21. The timing of that conference makes it a likely place for the release, but only time will tell for sure.
[Android and Me]