Larry Page Says ICS is Something Incredible, Working Hard and Seriously to Protect Ecosystem for OEMs


On Google’s Q3 earnings call, Larry Page said a few words about Ice Cream Sandwich ahead of their October 19th/18th unveiling. He mentioned that he was super excited for the release, that it was incredible and that we won’t believe what they’ve managed to do in this release. We’ve seen a bit of what he’s talking about already but we’re expecting them to go much deeper come next week.

He also mentioned the growing patent issue with their many OEM partners. The “Android tax” being imposed on them from competing patent-owning OEMs and other patent trolls hasn’t deterred any of them from dealing with Android.

Still, with aggressive actions such as Apple getting Samsung’s flagship smartphone banned from being sold in particular regions it’s important now more than ever to “clean up.” If that means buying up patent-rich companies like Motorola for $12.5 billion, so be it.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. well said Mr. Page…

  2. I’m expecting on the side of the phone to be an actual ice cream dispencer.

  3. Good to hear! But is that last part “so be it” a direct quote from Page, a paraphrase or a just a sentiment garnered from the call.
    I’d love to hear a CEO throw words like that around. Time to get beyond this patent-thing.

    1. dude, if larry says he’ll play hardball; for the first time in my life i will pop a boner for a mans words…

  4. Does this mean we had to wait for some changes to ICS so that something wouldn’t cause more lawsuits. Just asking?

    1. This doesn’t mean anything like that. You’re connecting those two dots on your own.

  5. hopefully all these new features unseen will be some ground breaking stuff!

    1. I’ve learned not to get my expectations up too high. Otherwise you always come out disappointed. I like to be pleasantly surprised :)

  6. I am not 100% sure what ICS is. My understanding is that it is supposed to be a single Android OS version for both tablet and smartphones. Regardless of what it is, I just realized something I had not seen before. The acronym for Ice Cream Sandwich is in fact ICS. Coincidence? Am I just the person from the village missing their idiot that did not see this before?

    1. I’ve got some bad news for you…

    2. Not trying to imply anything, but you might wanna stay out of the village for a while. Just sayin’.

  7. I hope this update will be the end of fragmentation

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