Google's 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Android update highlights packed I/O conference

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) used its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco to unveil a slew of announcements, not least of which was the next major upgrade of its Android mobile operating system, to be available sometime in the fourth quarter and nicknamed "Ice Cream Sandwich." Google said the update will deliver the tablet-optimized innovations introduced in Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb update to all devices running Android, in an effort to reduce platform fragmentation. However, questions remain about the upgrade timetable for Android devices. For a complete rundown of the news out of I/O, be sure to keep checking FierceDeveloper and FierceMobileContent; Fierce Editor Jason Ankeny is on the ground in San Francisco, covering all the announcements. Here are some of his headlines from the conference so far:

  • Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich update coming in Q4
  • Android device activations top 100M, app installs pass 4.5B
  • Google rolls out Android 3.1, updates SDK tools
  • Google launching Music Beta cloud player service
  • Google premieres Android Market movie rentals at I/O 2011