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Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus will be the first handset to use the updated Android technology

Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
Google has unveiled the latest version of its industry-leading Android smartphone software. \nThe system was launched in partnership with Samsung, whose Galaxy Nexus handset (above) will be the first to use it. (AFP/Getty Images)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
The technology, named 'Ice Cream Sandwich', (also known as Android 4.0) is so-called in line with the Google tradition of naming versions after cakes and confectionery. It adds a range of new features and a redesigned interface. (AFP/Getty Images)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
A Cambodian man inspects the Samsung galaxy cooper during a promotional sale at a shop in Phnom Penh on October 21, 2011. The 'Ice Cream Sandwich' operating system promises to step up the challenge on the leading Apple's iPhone. Samsung and Google postponed the announcement of the Galaxy Nexus in respect to Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple Inc., who died on October 5. (/AFP/Getty Images)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
Previous releases have been codenamed Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread. Analysts say Ice Cream Sandwich is the first version which can be optimised for different types of mobile devices. (AFP/Getty Images, Text: BBC)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung Electronics, the world's second-largest mobile phone maker after Nokia, said on September 25 that it had sold 10m Galaxy S II smartphones (based on Gingerbread technology) worldwide since the device debuted in April this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
Shin Jong-Kyun (R), Samsung's head of mobile communications business, and Andy Rubin (L), senior vice president of mobile Google, hold up the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android phone during its launch in Hong Kong on Friday (October 19, 2011). Design changes include replacing buttons on devices with equivalent on-screen icons, new lock screen features (e.g. the ability to access camera and notifications). (AFP/Getty Images, Text: BBC)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
Other changes include the ability to group apps and shortcuts by dragging icons onto each other, and redesigned multi-tasking screen. Applications are represented by scrollable tiles. (AFP/Getty Images)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
Matias Duarte (L), senior director of 'Android user experience' at Google, tries to demonstrate the 'face unlock' feature, which uses facial recognition to unlock the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android phone. (AFP/Getty Images)
Google takes the wrapping off its Ice Cream Sandwich
Android apps in general are expected to become a smoother and slicker experience after the release of the new technology, analysts have said. (AFP/Getty Images)