Apple is set to launch its next iPhone in the coming months, and Apple’s competition is gearing up to combat the iPhone 5. Eyes are on Apple’s main competitor, Android, to see how Google and handset makers will react to Apple’s new device this Fall.

According to a report from BGR, Google is looking to introduce new devices this Fall running the upcoming “Ice Cream Sandwich” version of Android. It’s speculated that Google will unveil a new generation of its popular Nexus handset…

BGR:

“We’ve received some information from a source with knowledge of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich plans, and it’s looking like the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices could start hitting the ground in as early as October. We have been told that Google is looking to push up the release of Ice Cream Sandwich devices as Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected in September or October, and the Mountain View-based company doesn’t want potential customers coming out of contracts (especially original DROID owners) and “drooling over the iPhone 5.”

New Android devices in October would match up with rumors that Apple will unveil the next iPhone in October, but there’s still a good chance that the iPhone 5 announcement will take place in September.

Google will definitely want to stay relevant in the shadow of Apple’s upcoming smartphone, so a new Nexus handset is expected. Droid users on Verizon may see a refresh as well.

How will the iPhone 5 upset Android market share in the coming months? Many iPhone customers’ contracts expired this summer, and some have already opted for a Android handset in light of Apple’s unusual release cycle this year — the iPhone 5 was not unveiled at WWDC this summer.

It will definitely be interesting to see who comes out victorious in the Apple v.s. Android battle this holiday season.

[9to5Mac, image via asgw]

  • Nobody would want that when they can get an iPhone.

    • Jon Garrett

      you’re a total dumb @ss.

      nobody happens to be nearly 50% of the world’s smartphone users who prefer Android OS over iOS.

      nobody happens to be activating over 600,000 Android devices daily, said to surpass 1 million activations per day by fall/winter 2011.

      you don’t get these numbers by being second best., you get those numbers by releasing products that people want.

      there’s a real reason why there was no iPhone release this summer and that reason is that Android’s popularity and success has taken the world by storm. so take your iPhone and stuff it.

  • Thos moght soubd really stupid, but they might not make a new iphone this year.

  • Jessica

    Nothing new can tear me away from my iphone… Its safe between my legs!

    • Mike

      You got that modified plist with triple vibrate.

      • Jessica

        Ohh nice!

  • Maexus

    Why buy an Iphone 5 when you can buy a Android phone?

    • Ryan

      Why troll an iOS blog when you could actually contribute to human society?

      • Maexus

        Why not just admitting that the galaxy S2 is a far better phone than the iphone??

    • urlow

      because android handsets are pretty miserable compared to even the iPhone 4. android handsets have the ‘features’ of an iPhone (and even some extras like 1080 video) but screen res and battery life are STILL unmatched. and over a year in, my iphone 4 is lag-free, whereas my evo is rebooted weekly due to unresponsiveness.

      • Maexus

        The galaxy S2 is a far better phone than the Iphone 4. I know because i have both. I think even better than the iphone 5, that’s why Apple is so afraid of Android en goes to court! If they weren’t afraid then they wouldn’t go to court….

    • SeizeCTRL

      I’ve had several iPhones and I almost switched to a Nexus S last week when Best Buy was giving them away for free… the main reason why I kept my iPhone? Android cannot stream music over the USB cable and I absolutely love Pandora going directly into my car stereo.

      Yes I know I can go into the aux jack or use bluetooth, but the sound quality isn’t nearly as good as directly over the USB cable.

      That one aspect about Android killed off my hopes of getting an Android phone. I love my iPhone, but there are tons of things that Android does that I wish I could do on my iPhone.

      They are both great platforms, why not leave it at that?

  • Deathstar

    Why not just have the best of both worlds? I have an iPhone 4 and Samsung Nexus S . Team iDroid ! Can’t we all just get along? =P

  • Deathstar

    Yes I know the Nexus S is not the best Android device out there. My point is why not just get both.

  • Twited21

    Mmm ice cream sandwich
    I’ve gone off apples they are tasting kinda bitter after all the crappy law suits

  • Piyush

    Apple iPhone 5 will be the best,because software and hardware are integrated to each other not like android.

    • AndroidBen

      No, Android ICS on Nexus 3 & next ics tablet & Google tv will be better because integration & face detection, better UI, better software and more features than crappy outdated ios5. Apple fag

  • Piyush

    Apple iPhone 5 will be the best,because software and hardware are integrated to each other.

  • Piyush

    Apple iPhone 5 will be the best,because software and hardware are best

  • Twited21

    iPhone 5 will forever be in the shadow of the iPhone 4

  • Google phones are too complicated, good features in different phones. iPhone is all inclusive. Far superior.

    • Jon Garrett

      yeah, so superior that nearly 50% of the world’s smartphone users reject it in favor of Android phones.

      so superior that the iPhone does NOT have

      – USB port
      – HDMI port
      – Micro HD slot
      – 1080p video recording AND playback
      – dual cores
      – 3D capabilities
      – Flash support

      so superior that millions of iPhone users jailbreak their phones because they lack simple and basic features found on ALL Android phones.

  • Mattia

    Androids aren’t that bad. The only advantage that the Android has over the iPhone is that you can costumize your device in which way you want. On the iPhone you can but only with the help of a jailbreak. So at the end i actually do prefer iPhone over the Android because of all the amazing features it has got 😀

  • Mattia

    Androids aren’t that bad. The only advantage that the Android has over the iPhone is that you can costumize your device in which way you want. On the iPhone you can but only with the help of a jailbreak. So at the end i actually do prefer iPhone over the Android because of all the amazing features it has got