The New Features Of Android 3.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Google's upcoming Android 3.1 is coming for tablets, of course, but it's also improving Google TV's interface. Even better, Google TV gets the Android Market as well.

Here are some of the nicest new features in 3.1:

• Expanding, resizable widgets • Android devices can be USB hosts, so you can hook up keyboards, mice and game controllers (like the Xbox 360 controller) • Facial detection with camera, so video chat will automatically focus on the speaker who's talking (if there are multiple ones)

The 3.1 Ice Cream Sandwich Android release will launch in Q4 2011. Of course "launch" is a relative term for Android releases, since historically, new builds only hit Nexus phones first. But the upside is that Ice Cream Sandwich will put all of Honeycomb's new features into phones.

Update: It's unclear whether or not Android 3.1 is Ice Cream Sandwich. They talked about both, and talk about Ice Cream Sandwich being "one version of Android on all devices", but didn't mention explicitly that 3.1 is Ice Cream Sandwich. We'll clarify when we know more.



    Mmm Ice Cream sandwich.
    [Serrels Stare]™

    This news article is a bit rich!

    [Serrels Stare]™

      Ah, the sweet sound of Kotaku readers with time on their hands.

    All these cool updates are giving me a headache

    [Care Bear Stare]™

      I think a collision between an iPad and your noggin should fix that...
      [My Little Pony Stare]™

        Just remember... should you strike him down, he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
        [Steven Segal Stare]™

    The start and end of this article are a bit crumby, the details are pretty sweet though.

    [Serrels Stare]™

    Will I need a wrapper to be able to use this if I'm on a different device?

    [Serrels Stare]™

    I tried eating my phone but all it tasted like was Froyo
    [Serrels Stare]™

      I ate my phone after I found a bootlegged version of 3.1 and now I have diabetes! Thanks a lot Google!

      [Serrels Stare]™

    Oh good stuff, excited about this!
    Oh and [mike tyson stare]™

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