As promised by Google they have released the Android 4.0 SDK along side the release of the new Android OS itself. Google is allowing developers to start using the SDK to develop for the most popular Android OS to date being just announced less than 24 hours ago.
Ice Cream Sandwich is a combination of the best features of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb wrapped up into one OS. Now developer’s can create apps for both phones and tablets using this new SDK. For more information on the Android 4.0 SDK visit the Android Developers Site.
We can assume that there will be many apps developed and released soon enough for this new powerhouse OS released by Google. Its also nice to see them getting back to the roots of Android with releasing this fast enough to allow devs to use it right away.
Currently all Android Emulators are painfully slow but Google has promised with the release of the new SDK update for Ice Cream Sandwich a new faster emulator will be available. They have also created a video to demonstrate the new emulator in action by playing a 3D game on it.
The new emulator will still be running ARM code like the previous versions. What makes the new emulator faster is that it will actually use your video card. Now anything that runs by the GPU accelerated on Android will now be GPU accelerated in the emulator. What this means for developers is that the all of the extra pixels that a tablet has over a phone will use the GPU acceleration and boost the performance so that its faster. On top of this Google is also working on an x86 emulator as well.
From what we can find up to this point the release will be either October or November of this year. As we get a more exact date we will let you know.