Google last night unveiled a new major update to its Android mobile operating system. Dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0), the update includes a long list of new features. Perhaps the most appealing update to webcasters is an overhauled multitasking UI.
Users will be able to see a snapshot of what apps are running and quickly switch back and forth -- perfect for listening to Internet radio in the background. It should be a welcome upgrade from the lackluster bare-bones multitasking UI currently available to Android users (just a list of previously-opened app icons).
Ice Cream Sandwich is also intended to run across tablet and phones, hopefully remedying the current fragmentation between the latest phone OS version, Gingerbread (2.3), and the tablet-only version Honeycomb (3.0). This should hopefully allow developers to more easily create Internet radio apps that look and work great on both Android phones and tablets.
Engadget has more on Ice Cream Sandwich here.