Android 3.1 rolling out to Verizon XOOM today, Ice Cream Sandwich arriving in Q4Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Google I/O 2011 kicked off today, and the folks from at the Big G have already made some big announcements. First up is Android 3.1, which will be rolling out to Verizon-branded Motorola XOOMs today. The new version of Honeycomb will feature improved multitasking, resizable widgets, and the ability for a device to act as a USB host, meaning you can do things like import photos directly to your Android device. Android 3.1 will also be rolling out to Google TV devices this summer, and the Android Market will be coming to Google TV, as well.
Google also announced the next major version of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich. Tentatively rolling out in Q4, Ice Cream Sandwich will be the "One OS Everywhere" version of Android, meaning that it'll bring many Honeycomb enhancements to smartphones.
The updates found for tablet users in Android 3.1 sounds pretty nice, and it's great to hear that it'll be rolling out for Verizon XOOM users beginning today. It's also great to finally see Ice Cream Sandwich debut since we've been hearing about it for months, and the prospect of getting some of Honeycomb's best features on an Android smartphone is pretty awesome. Best of all, though, is the fact that ICS will be the "One OS Everywhere" platform. Will it help to finally put an end to Android fragmentation? We can only hope. What do you all think of Android 3.1 and Ice Cream Sandwich?