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Android 4 devices rushed for October to head off iPhone 5

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Tue August 9, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich rumored early to fight Apple

A rumor floated Tuesday claimed that the first devices using Google's Ice Cream Sandwich, possibly called Android 4, were being moved up to counter Apple. The first round would arrive in October as Google was keen to avoid creating too much of a gap between its new wave and an iPhone 5 launch in October or September. The BGR tip maintained that Google is concerned the iPhone 5 would be the only model in the limelight at the time.

The company might be worried most of all about getting the first ICS devices out before November. The month represents the two-year anniversary of the original Motorola Droid, the first truly popular Android phone and widely considered the spark for Android's growth worldwide. Many early adopters will have the option of switching phones or carriers completely penalty-free and will have their first real chances at jumping to an iPhone.

Some of the first Verizon iPhone 4 buyers were Droid owners and even those with the Droid X. The figures may go up as many Verizon subscribers are known to be holding off until the iPhone 5 before they buy in. Signs have also emerged of iPhones for Sprint and T-Mobile that would eliminate Android's 'safe' zones in the US.

Regardless of the accuracy, much is riding on Ice Cream Sandwich for Google. The OS will be the first time the interface from Honeycomb comes to phones and will be a test of whether users will still be receptive.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Hash

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    Only rednecks use Andrrroid

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    the usual over importance of Verizon

    Verizon is only in one market - the U.S..

    Therefore even if they owned 100% of this market (and they don't), they'd only be a tiny fraction of the world wide market.

    So when you talk about 1/3 of one market - and then go down even further to talk about a few early Droid subscribers going off contract

    and you have the gall to think it could somehow impact the worldwide sales of Apple or Google - all you are really saying is you don't have the ability to think about things logically.

    I don't know who writes these articles, but I've concluded your brain doesn't work.

    The analysis is typically useless tossing about of unrelated facts, without any sense of proportion and then extrapolating that one detail you noticed, might then override all the things you never noticed - and make a worldwide impact on sales.

    iPhone 5 - is a worldwide event. Google is responding to that. Not to a few subscribers at verizion going off contract - you moron.

  1. eldarkus

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    Ahhh yes

    Rushing technology is most certainly the best way to release a product!

  1. SockRolid

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    Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales banned

    News Flash: A German court bans the sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the EU. Here's the Google translated version: http://bit.ly/qs1WOV

    Android 4? Too late. Samsung copied iPad a little too closely. (And Google should have done their legal homework and used 100% pure Java, but that's a different, and even more deadly, lawsuit.)

  1. lvavila

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    Upgrade path debockle!

    Love it! Rush new devices half backed and all the Android phones out there may not be able to upgrade.

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  1. Hercules Rockefeller

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    Steve Jobs takes it in the a** that's how he contacted the AIDS virus. Anybody dumb enough to believe he has cancer will believe anything.

  1. testudo

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    @Hercules

    And what does it matter if he has AIDS or cancer or both or neither?

  1. testudo

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    right...

    or it's just another rumor that someone made up and calling it news.

    Because no one is expecting iPhone 5 to be a major evolution in the iPhone line. Certainly not anything for Google to worry about not having competition in place for.

  1. macnnoel

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    @testudo

    He's saying that people with AIDS are not human beings and therefore cannot be trusted.

    The sheer laziness of moderators at Macnn is simply appalling.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    size of market 2009 vs. 2011

    Just to give you a taste of what we are talking about, there were 4.7 million Android activations total - in 4Q 2009. 1 year later in 4Q 2010, 33.3 million Android activations.

    The reason this report is bogus, is you'd have us believe that Google's primary concern is - a fraction of 1/3 of 1/10th of 1/10th of the market.

    In other words, the fraction of Droid users coming off contract (some have renewed already, some have died, etc. etc.) at Verizon (1/3 of the U.S. market), which is a U.S. carrier (1/10th of the world market), that signed up back in 2009 when the smartphone market for google is 1/10th of what it is today.

    They are concerned about a fraction of 1/3rd of 1/10 of 1/10th - to put it in perspective? OR - are they actually just concerned about the iPhone 5 launch?

    Google has made no secret they are trying to get Ice Cream Sandwich out the door, to bring togther tablet and smartphone OS releases - that they are trying to do it this year, that they intend to compete with iPhone 5.

    That part is OK. But the rest of this report, is just some fanboy fantasy. It's just a mixture of what we all know, and some fanboy having a dream and reporting it as news.

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