As launch dates go, this is pretty vague. But as the launch date of Ice Cream Sandwich has come from ther head man at Google, we at least know it's a timescale we can trust.If you missed it originally, Ice Cream Sandwich was first announced in May, Google's attempt at bringing together operating systems designed for the smartphone and tablet respectively. So whether you have a mini smartphone or a 10-inch tablet, the OS is the same, adapting to the screen size and device intelligently. That should make life a whole lot easier.The end of the year was always a loose timescale to work with, but Google chief Eric Schmidt has firmed that up a little further. According to TechRadar, he confirmed in an interview with Salesforce CEO Mike Benioff: 'We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone's really excited about.'Perfectly-timed for the Christmas rush then. New hardware is almost certain to follow, or possibly launch at the same time. That is almost certain to be the Google Nexus Prime, a much-rumoured, Samsung-made handset. Early reports claims it will come with a super AMOLED HD screen without any physical navigation keys, a dual-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz OMAP 4460 processor, a five-megapixel camera, 1080p HD video capture and a one-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling.Some early screenshots of Ice Cream sandwich have also appeared online, but to be honest, not many. Google is keeping this one very tight. If we see or hear more, we'll let you know.