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The Android era: From G1 to Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0?)
The shift from Android 2.2 Froyo to Android 2.3 Gingerbread was fairly modest, so it makes sense that Ice Cream Sandwich will do heavier lifting. Already, leaked screenshots and details paint a picture of the confection to come--although it's still wise to take these with a grain of salt, since nothing is confirmed and much can change before a design reaches its final stages.
New interface to unite smartphone and tablet UIs
New placement of Google search bar
Redesigned app launcher
Redesigned notification bar (shows thumbnail images)
Richer resizable widgets
Camera will include panorama mode
Redesigned Gmail app
Google Shopper app for NFC
Facial tracking software
Google movie rental services
Rumors points to October or November as the OS' launch date, with the Samsung Nexus Prime rumored to be Google's flagship Ice Cream Sandwich device.