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Samsung and Google to reveal 'what's new from Android' Oct. 11

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The big mystery right now is what the next version of Android, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, will look like — and feel like. It's been shrouded in semi-secrecy since its preview in May. And though some have claimed to have spotted it in the wild, consensus is that it's still under cover. Until Oct. 11, when Samsung and Google present it to the world.

On that date, Samsung is having its "Unpacked" press conference at the CTIA cellphone business trade show in San Diego, Calif. They're sharing the stage with Google, in an event that will be streamed online at youtube.com/Android, the official channel of Google's mobile OS. "Join us ... to get a look at what's new from Android."

What's new can only be Ice Cream Sandwich, which will likely be dubbed Android OS version 4.0. To put it another way, if that's not what Samsung's talking about, there will be a lot of angry Android nerds running around screaming.

What we'd really like to see would be the rumored Nexus Prime or Droid Prime, allegedly a Samsung phone that one-ups even the hot new Galaxy S II models.

The OS isn't just an incremental step up, like that of FroYo (2.2) to Gingerbread (2.3). It's been described as a way for Android to merge the latest phone OS with its tablet OS (known as Honeycomb, Android versions 3.0 to 3.2), from the interface to the multitasking capabilities to the improved widgets and launcher.

An October unveiling is in line with what Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said recently.

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