Google’s Next Android Attack on Apple

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is in the process of unveiling the latest version of its mobile devices — the Android 4.0.4 — to several devices. The new software is offering a more intuitive and refined interface on phones and tablets.

The GSM models of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S handsets as well as Motorola’s (NYSE:MMI) Wi-Fi Xoom tablet will all sport the new software. Google says the software will be available to more devices in the coming weeks.

Android 4.0 has been running on the Galaxy Nexus since its launch, but the upgrade will give the device faster screen rotation and an improved camera interface. The Ice Cream Sandwich software will be new to the Nexus S phone or Xoom tablet. Android 4.0 is a vast improvement from the prior version of Android on phones and tablets.

Whether the update will match up to the popularity of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS is somewhat unlikely. According to an iOS developer, only 1.6 percent of Android devices run Android 4.0 software, while 61 percent of iOS updated to version 5.1 within 15 days. Clearly, Apple’s strategy of simplification is working well.

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