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Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich, officially known as Android 4.0. This version brings all the improvements from Honeycomb (Android 3.0) into the smartphone form factor, plus some more goodies. At the same time, Samsung demonstrated the premier phone featuring Ice Cream Sandwich, Galaxy Nexus. With 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4460, 1 GB RAM, Super AMOLED 1280×720 display, Galaxy Nexus catapults itself into the top-of-the-line Android device.

On a different part of the (mobile) world, RIM let the official word that the next-generation BlackBerry OS will be based on QNX (which RIM acquired more than a year ago), thus dubbed as BBX. Notable in BBX is the use of Cascade for its advanced graphics, coming from TAT (which RIM acquired few months ago). Also the platform allows application development using native libraries, Flash, as well as HTML5. In the demo, George Staikos (formerly Torch Mobile, which RIM acquired two years ago) showed WebGL running on this next OS. In addition, apparently the previously-promised ability to run Android apps is coming, too!

Last but not least, the Qt project finally goes live!

  • Alistair

    You forgot to mention the addition of Qt in BBX and the adoption of QML as the language for Cascades. It was quite amusing viewing the video of them waxing lyrical about how wonderful QML was and how quickly you can create UIs with it.

    • ariya

      Thanks for the additional info! QML for Cascade is news to me.

    • Alessandro

      Definitely great news. Is that video public?

  • Alistair

    You forgot to mention the addition of Qt in BBX and the adoption of QML as the language for Cascades. It was quite amusing viewing the video of them waxing lyrical about how wonderful QML was and how quickly you can create UIs with it.

    • ariya

      Thanks for the additional info! QML for Cascade is news to me.

    • Alessandro

      Definitely great news. Is that video public?