Things seem to be going well for Google’s development team as their latest iteration of Android is on track for that Q4 release date promised four months ago. Rather surprisingly, given the excitement for ICS, only four screenshots have been leaked which don’t really show much in terms of fresh UI. Even these screens, upon closer examination seem to be fake as some key elements from the UI are taken straight from Cyanogenmod and one of its many themes. You can read more about the leaks here.
We still have no idea of what’s coming other than that Ice Cream Sandwich shall unite elements from Gingerbread and Honeycomb together in a one size fits all OS. ICS should also have special dev tools which will allow them to scale their apps for different screen sizes, resulting in little or no different between tablet and smartphone versions.
HTC are keeping up their routine of keeping their devices up to date after announcing that the majority of their current line up will be getting the latest iteration of Android for smartphones, Gingerbread. This mysteriously ties in with a comment Google’s Eric Schmidt made about a 6 month upgrade cycle, but anyways.
The Incredible S is shipping in the UK now, but running Froyo. That should change by end of June, while the Desire S and Wildfire S will be launching with Gingerbread pre-installed. This means that these two hotly anticipated devices will be launching somewhere around that time. But HTC isn’t leaving it’s older devices in the mud. The Desire Z and Desire HD – both launched in September last year – will be getting Gingerbread. And HTC are even reaching down to the original Desire, making Gingerbread the 2nd major update the legendary smatphone’s seen.