Android Ice Cream Sandwich is due out this fall. But one man says he got his hands on the new Android OS a whole lot sooner.
Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, isn't expected to launch until later this year. But a version of the OS may already exist in the wild. According to Engadget, the story goes something like this: An anonymous gentleman, let's call him Fred, places a winning bid for a Samsung Nexus handset on eBay. When Fred boots up the phone, he discovers – surprise! – that the thing is apparently pre-equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Fred sends the video to Engadget, which promptly posts it, igniting a tech blog firestorm, and not long after, Fred's new Nexus is wiped clean, remotely. Typical caveats apply: Everything is anonymous here, so it's tough to suss out the veracity of Fred's story. Also, as Brad Molen of Endgadget notes, "all of this could just be a custom ROM built to emulate the latest Google dessert, so we can't be a full hundred percent certain that it's authentic."