Google has released the code for it’s newest version of Android, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich. Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru, a software engineer at Google, announced the news on a Google Groups page yesterday. The actual version of the code is 4.0.1 which is what will be on the Galaxy Nexus when it ships.
So what does this mean for you Android tablet owners? Well, not much at this point. If you have an older tablet, chances are you won’t ever see Ice Cream Sandwich unless you are rooted and there are developers that decide to make a custom ROM for you. Even if your manufacturer decides to update your tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich, you probably won’t see it for a few months while their developers have time to adapt it to their hardware. Here is a great look at which tablets might, or might not get updated.
The next question you might ask yourself is whether you should wait until there are tablets with ICS already loaded on them before buying a new one. A couple of the recently announced Android tablets like the Asus Transformer Prime and Motorola Xoom 2 have already stated that they will be getting an ICS update in early 2012. That means that if you buy one and it doesn’t already have ICS on it, they will be guaranteed an update when it is available. Here’s what’s new in Ice Cream Sandwich.[Google]