Ice Cream SandwichGoogle's Ice Cream Sandwich platform is the company's first attempt at a one-for-all operating system that, similar to Apple's iOS, will support both smartphones and tablets and negate the need for a separate OS for each. It was first demonstrated at the Google I/O keynote earlier this year, but we had no idea when we could expect to see the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices hit the market. Until now!

According to a source for Boy Genius Report, "with knowledge of Google's plans," the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices could begin landing as early as October this year. And there's a very good reason for that: Google doesn't want too many people to be tempted by Apple's iPhone 5.

With Apple's fifth-generation device expected to launch this September, Google is apparently looking to bring forward the release of the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices as " the company doesn't want potential customers coming out of contracts (especially original DROID owners) and "drooling over the iPhone 5″."

Of course, the iPhone 5 won't be Google's only worry, with Apple's iOS 5 platform also set for release this fall. The next major release of Apple's popular mobile OS introduces a number of long-awaited features that many believe have been inspired by Google's Android operating system, including the Notification Center and over-the-air software updates.

Will you be holding out for Ice Cream Sandwich and its accompanying devices no matter how long the wait, or will Apple's upcoming releases tempt you away from the Android platform?

[via Boy Genius Report]