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Google Tells Developers to Save Room for Ice Cream Sandwich

Google has yet to publish the full set of tools that developers will need to tailor their applications for the next version of Android. However, on Monday, the company offered some technical help for those looking to get ready for the Ice Cream Sandwich release, which is due later this year.

“Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, and with it, handsets will be able to install apps built on Honeycomb,” Google’s Scott Main said in a blog post. Main noted that, although Google hasn’t yet released its software development kit for the new Android, there are already some steps that developers can take to help make sure that their Honeycomb apps work on smaller screens.

Google hasn’t said much about Ice Cream Sandwich, other than to note it is the release that will bring the features of Honeycomb back to phone devices. Main also promised that Google has no plans to again separate tablet and phone releases.

“Although Honeycomb remains tablets-only, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release will support big screens, small screens, and everything in between,” Main wrote. “This is the way Android will stay from now on: the same version runs on all screen sizes.”


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