Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest update to the popular mobile OS from Google that originally featured with the Galaxy Nexus but is now being under active porting effort for a host of other popular devices from different manufacturers. Even the Android community is actively updating the popular open source firmware such as CyanogenMod and MIUI for ICS. I just spotted a slightly older but interesting article on CNET that talks about the upgrade path and release schedule of the Android 4.0 for the devices from Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony. Plans from the most vendors seems sketchy at best at this time but at least it provides a general guideline on when and which devices to expect to be updated to the latest ICS release from Google by the respective device manufacturers.
Google has already been confirmed to bring the Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Nexus S. In fact, there is already unofficial port available online if you feel adventurous to play with it. Unfortunately Nexus One will not be able to get the official update of ICS as HTC has pointed out that device is too old to get the Android 4.0 update. So far, there is no official time frame when the official update will be available for the Nexus S.
As we already reported some time ago that Evo 3D, Sensation, Sensation XE, Sensation XL are the four devices that will get the official update for the Android 4.0 as these are newer devices and are getting the priority support. As for the older devices HTC states that they will continue to assess the current portfolio of devices for the ICS update and their timing. More details are forthcoming from HTC.
So far Korean manufacturer has confirmed the ICS update for the LG Optimus 2X and other high-end smartphones. This probably also mean that LG Optimus 3D will also get Ice Cream Sandwich treatment.
Motorola has reported that its upcoming Motorola Razr will be getting the ICS update but that will happen only until the first half of 2012. Motorola will first update its portfolio of devices in US market and will then later roll-out the updates for the Asian market. At least this is the plan from them right now.
Samsung has officially confirmed as of now that Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) as well as Galaxy Note will get the official Android 4.0 ICS update but that will happen only in the second quarter of 2012. We do have a feeling that Original Samsung Galaxy S will also be able to get the ICS update sooner or later considering the device popularity.
BTW as we reported earlier you can already get the un-official Android 4.0 updates for both Samsung Galaxy S and SII through the currently active developer community at XDA and elsewhere. Furthermore, CyanogenMod 9 is already in progress for many Android devices from Samsung and other manufacturers (alpha builds are available right now!).
Sony has promised to update its 2011 lineup of smartphones Xperia arc, Xperia active, Xperia ray, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia pro, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia Play, Xperia arc S and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman to Ice Cream Sandwich through its Facebook page. Although there is no official timeline for this update so far.
In the mean time, have a look at our recent articles: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Review of Best New Features and as well as: Some Impressive Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Features That You Don’t Know! to get hang of what the recent ICS craze is all about!
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