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Webopedia Term of the Day: What is Ice Cream Sandwich?

Aug 01, 2011, 14:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Ice Cream Sandwich is the dessert-themed Android codename for an upcoming version 4.0 update of the open source Android mobile operating system. Ice Cream is expected to debut by the end of 2011 as Google's "everywhere" operating system for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

"With Ice Cream Sandwich Google is expected to unify the v2.x/v3.x forks of Android development while also adapting the Android framework and adding new APIs to help put an end to the issue of Android fragmentation. Ice Cream Sandwich is also expected to bring many of the tablet-centric Honeycomb's (Android v3.0) features to smartphones, including video chat support based on Google Talk protocols, a new System Bar for global status and notifications and an Action Bar for application control, tabbed Web browsing support, an optimized soft keyboard and a new email interface."

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