Ice Cream Sandwich Android phone possibly leaked through eBay

Sometime in the next few months an Android phone running the operating system called Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to be released to the public - but perhaps one lucky eBay user got a sneak peak.

Tech site Engadget received some anonymous photos and a video from a tipster who ordered a Samsung Nexus S on eBay and then when it arrived, noticed it didn't look quite as expected. He went to the "About" screen and discovered the phone was running the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Engadget breaks down all the technical details of the video and photos:

We can see plenty of influence from both Gingerbread and Honeycomb here, as well as four shortcuts on the bottom (a definite bump from the two found on vanilla 2.3). There's a new Google Apps icon which opens up a tray containing a number of featured services put out by the search giant, and long-pressing the home button brings up a vertical Honeycomb-style multitasking menu. The notification bar, camera UI and other menus also have a much different look. Granted, all of this could just be a custom ROM built to emulate the latest Google dessert, so we can't be a full hundred percent certain that it's authentic. If it's not, at least we can give credit for it being incredibly elaborate.

The eBay user later told Engadget that his phone was shut down and locked remotely.

In case you weren't aware and think the name "Ice Cream Sandwich" is kinda weird - the Android versions have all been named after sweet treats. First came the Cupcake, followed by Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest. It is largely thought that the ICS will be a major step forward from the previous versions.

Will you be buying an Ice Cream Sandwich?

Photo/Video credit: Android, Engadget