During an earnings call at the end of last week, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that Android users will be seeing the next generation of Tegra chip in the first batch of Ice-Cream Sandwich phones, opening up the possibility of a Tegra 3-powered Nexus 3 handset.

The Nvidia chief revealed that the company was, “working very closely with the Google team, and Tegra will be surely be wonderful for Ice Cream when it comes” - with the closeness aspect reiterated three times in quick succession.

Naturally, this could merely mean the company is being given a jump on what extra designs/alterations need to be made to the chip to ensure it's at its very best for the new OS and nothing more.

However, Google has already confirmed that there will be a new generation of Nexus handset making its way out “at some point in the future”, with most commentators predicting a launch to tie in with Ice Cream Sandwich, thanks to the handset often being the first to ship with a major new upgrade of the Android OS.

In any case, the fact that the quad-core Tegra 3 is expected to be released with Ice-Cream Sandwich devices in the first place means that we’re likely to see the chip in phones before the end of the year.

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