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Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich gets a lawn statue

Android Ice Cream Sandwich statue outside Google HQ

Google is slated to unveil Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of its mobile operating system, Tuesday night in Hong Kong alongside a new Samsung device.

And in keeping with Google tradition, the company celebrated the pending release of Ice Cream Sandwich by adding a new oversized lawn sculpture to its Mountain View headquarters late last week.

The new statue fits the new OS's name spot-on -- it's a gigantic Android mascot waving one arm sculpted to look like he's made of slabs of chocolate cookie with vanilla ice cream in the middle.

Google's Android developers posted a video to YouTube, which can be seen below, of the latest sculpture's installation.

The last Android sculpture to be added to the lawn in front of Building 44 at the Googleplex honored Honeycomb, Google's first tablet-specific OS, released in March.

In case you're wondering about all the goofy/tasty monikers for Android's releases, Google nicknames its mobile software in alphabetical order. In order, the previous releases have been Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb.

With a new name comes a new statue and Google's lawn increasingly looks a bit like a bit like something dreamed up by Willy Wonka or Homer Simpson.

The anticipation for Ice Cream Sandwich has been building for months as it has been promised to be the first release of Android that will unify the operating systems shipped on phones and tablets -- something Apple's iOS has always done but a new approach for Google.

We'll finally get a look at Ice Cream Sandwich on Tuesday night via live streaming on YouTube from Hong Kong. Stay tuned to the Technology blog for the latest. 

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

Image: Google employees place a sculpture celebrating the upcoming release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich at the tech giant's Mountain View headquarters. Credit: Google via YouTube

 
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