Now this is BIG! Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has been caught on photos while running on a Nexus S. It’s blue-ish (more like CyanogenMod colours), Honeycomb-look, embedded search bar at the top etc.
This is the first time we have actually seen something of the next major Android update (Android 2.4 or Android 4.0) since it was announced at the Google I/O 2011 in May.
According to the AndroidPolice and RootzWiki, these screenshots are of a very early build of Android 4.0 running on Nexus S. The next major Android update is hyped to bring a complete UI overhaul, but it doesn’t look like that from the leaked images. May be, it is just too early at the moment to say anything. These are just screenshots/images of a very early build which is currently still in development. Build number is IRK36B.
More details tell that Ice Cream Sandwich will have a new Gmail app, themed to go with the overall Honeycomb look. Google Shopper will come bundled with the Android OS which will support NFC. A new launcher coming up and widgets UI will be borrowed from Honeycomb. Camera app will have a Panorama mode.
Google Nexus S will get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update, but the next Nexus device (rumoured to be Nexus Prime) will be getting it first. There are still no confirmations at when the actual Android 4.0 or the Nexus Prime will release (October, may be?).
It looks like Ice Cream Sandwich is focused on bringing UI tweaks and other small changes, which should allow previous devices which got the Gingerbread update to get the new Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 update as well.