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Google I/O: Android 3.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, Music Beta

Vic Gundotra, VP for engineering, welcomes attendees at the Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Google also detailed its new product, Music Beta.

There’s no release date for Ice Cream Sandwich, which promises to work on all Android devices, ending the OS split between tablets and smartphones. The update will bring some features of Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb, such as the user interface and multitasking features, to smartphones.

According to the Android Developers Blog, a tweak to Honeycomb adds several user and developer features. The next tweak adds features such as: support for USB devices, support for mice and joysticks, integration with some musical and exercise equipment, increased file management on external cameras and more development options for VoIP and audio streaming.

As expected, the company also launched its Music Beta service, which lets you manage your music library from the Web or your Android device, though you can’t download your music from the cloud. The service does let users listen to recently heard songs offline.

Check out Google’s explanation of its service below:

Related stories:

Report: Google launching music service Tuesday

Amazon Cloud Player puts your music on the Web

Report: Google testing Google Music

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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