Imagine you order a Samsung Nexus S off of eBay and instead of getting a phone loaded with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread that you were expecting, it had Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on it. Do you a) report the seller for selling an item in an unexpected condition or do b) make a video and show off a bunch of new features to the tech world?
Yeah, you go with “b.”
An anonymous tipster sent Engadget a video and photos of a recently purchased Nexus S that showed up from eBay loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no indication of the history of the device, but the about screen and new features on the phone make it fairly clear that this is indeed the long-rumored next version of the Android operating system. If this is a hoax, it’s a darn good one.
The video isn’t the most stable in the world (does no one own a tripod?), but we see an unlock screen similar to the one found on Honeycomb tablets, and more 3.0 influence the Home button is long-pressed, revealing a vertical menu showing current multitasking apps. There is a new Google Apps button on the bottom right of the home screen that opens a tray filled with all sorts of Google services you can quickly access, which only makes sense for the search giant. The overall UI looks to be a bit more polished, the notification bar has some tweaks and a few of the other menus seem to have a change here or there.
Again, we stress that this is not definitely the real deal, but it certainly is a convincing fake if it isn’t. The release of Ice Cream Sandwich is set for some time this fall, so we’ll know shortly if it was or wasn’t.
What do you think? Does this look to be our first real taste of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich?