Google announces Android 3.1, Android Ice Cream Sandwich

By on May 10, 2011
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Both look delicious.

At the Google I/O conference today, the search giant announced that it will be rolling out Android 3.1 update to Verizon Xoom 3G customers soon. The update will be available to other customers in the coming days.

The major addition to Android 3.1 is the ability to use the Xoom as a USB host. This will allow users to plug-in devices like cameras, and transfer photos and videos between the two devices, much like a desktop PC. The USB host will even allow users to plug-in console controllers, such as the Xbox 360 controller, to play games on the system.

Another feature announced was improved widget support, where users now has the option to expand or shrink the size of widgets on the home screen.

Google also unveiled the next full version of its mobile operating system called Android Ice Cream Sandwich. As the name may suggest, the new version will converge the phone and tablet OS, maintaining a single UI across all form factors. Developers will be able to create apps for both smartphones and tablets in one motion. There is no word on when the delicious looking ice cream sandwich will launch, we can only drool at the logo for now:


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • Abbas

    Sadly, the WiFi version of Xoom I am currently using does not show the update

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