As many expected, Google took advantage of the first day of the Google I / O conference to reveal the next news from the Android platform and surprise the audience.
According to the company, more than 100 million devices with Android have already been activated, 400 thousand devices are activated per day, 200 thousand Apps on the Android Market, 4.5 billion downloads and no less than 310 models of mobile phones already launched.
In order to continue the successful saga of the platform, Google announced the tasty name of the next generation of Android for mobile phones: Ice Cream Sandwich.
?Ice Cream Sandwich will bring everything you love on your Honeycomb tablet to your phone, including a holographic, more multitasking user interface, with a new launcher and even more interactive widgets,? said Brazilian Hugo Barra, Product Manager at Android.
Although Google does not date or demonstrate which devices will be compatible, the Ice Cream Sandwich should hit the market by the end of the year. The company also promises to launch Honeycomb version 3.1, which adds support for USB and Google TV accessories.
To reduce fragmentation of the platform, the Mountain View giant announced that members of the Open Handset Alliance (Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola and AT&T) have developed guidelines for updating firmware.
"We are jointly announcing to our partners that the new devices will receive the latest Android updates for 18 months after its release, as long as the hardware is capable," said Google.
Another great novelty is the launch of the Android Open Accessory, a tool that helps developers build hardware (USB) accessories to work on all Android devices.
?We demonstrated an initiative called (email protected), which allows Android applications to discover, connect and communicate with the devices and devices in your home. We also show a preview of Project Tungsten, an Android device for Google Music Beta which provides better control over the reproduction of music within the network (email protected) ?.