August 9, 2011 | by Charles West
It looks like Google is preparing to rain on iPhone 5′s parade, with an earlier launch of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). All across the internet rumors have swirled about the expected launch date of Android’s first 4.0 device, with many ending up with a timeframe somewhere in late November around Thanksgiving.
Well, according to sources obtained by BGR, the next “Google Phone” running 4.0 will release in the same window as the iPhone 5, which has been rumored to start pre-orders in early October. Is this a little gamesmanship by the search giant, perhaps? I’d like to think so. BGR believes the thought behind this may have to do with a lot of Verizon’s original Droid users and their expiring contracts. Google, for obvious competitive reasons, wants to keep those wireless customers away from the iPhone 5. I’m not so sure if I agree with that premise, but it’s a thought nevertheless.
With Samsung’s Galaxy S2 coming to all four big US carriers in the coming months, Android looks to be locked and loaded in waging war against Apple’s iPhone 5 before it actually launches. This all sounds pretty intriguing, but we must remember that Google hasn’t yet sent out an official statement as to when Ice Cream Sandwich will be released. Furthermore, were still not sure what manufacturer will produce the first phone, so stay tuned as we gather more information in the coming weeks.
So what do you guys think out there? Are you stoked to get your hands on the first Android 4.0 device? Tell us your thoughts in the trusty comment section below.