Google Music, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb 3.1 officially announced
Google has just made some big announcements during its I/O 2011 conference.
The first and most important one is Android Ice Cream Sandwich – the newest iteration of Android.
While it’s not clear what number version Ice Cream Sandwich has (or maybe it has no number version at all?), and neither when it will be out, Google says the new OS is build to run on any device, including phones, tablets, and laptops.
There are still lots of questions that don’t have answers, but Google should provide more details on Ice Cream Sandwich soon, and we’ll report back.
Until then, let’s move to the next announcement: Android 3.1 Honeycomb, which “will be rolling out to XOOM 3G devices over the next few weeks.” No other details were given.
Next: the rumored Google Music cloud service is now official. It provides “instant access to your personal music collection on the web and your compatible Android devices without the hassle of wires or syncing.”
For the moment, Google Music is available in beta, only in the US, and only by invitation. An official Google Music app is available in Android Market starting today. You can find out more about the new service here at its official website.
Another new addition to Google’s services is Movie rentals on Android Market, which lets you “choose from thousands of movie titles and watch instantly on the web.” Initially available only on Verizon’s Motorola Xoom, Movie rentals will support other tablets and phones in the future.
Google has also unveiled that more than 400,000 Android devices are activated daily, and there are over 100,000 million devices activated since the OS was released back in 2008.