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Nexus S will get Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread phones "theoretically" in the mix too

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Nexus S will get Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread phones
Google's Gabe Cohen has confirmed that the company is working on porting Android Ice Cream Sandwich to last year's poster child for Android 2.3 Gingerbread - the Nexus S: "Currently in the process for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S. Theoretically should work for any 2.3 device.", have been the exact words.

While the Nexus S has all the prerequisites to get ICS first, we wouldn't be so sure about the timely update of all the other Gingerbread phones. Most popular devices will likely get it, but considering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be out in November we wouldn't wait with baited breath to get anything before 2012.

Then there is the issue with the virtual keys option in ICS, and the buttonless front of the Galaxy Nexus - some phones will just be better for running Android Ice Cream Sandwich than others.

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posted on 19 Oct 2011, 03:14 1

1. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Port ICS to the N9!




...please?


Anyone?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 03:34

2. android_hitman (Posts: 651; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


hahahahahahah

it is impossible

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 04:02

3. parthpatels007 (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 May 2011)


it's possible! 2.3 was ported to N9 a couple of months ago

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 04:56

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh come on, they don't know whether ICS will work on select models?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 07:02 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if its a hummingbird or above, it will work. doubt its going to work on that free android u get with a contract though.. lol

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 06:47 3

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Who cares if ICS has virtual buttons. Can't they just not have them in phones that currently have buttons? Doesn't seem like that should be a big issue, or an issue at all really.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 07:35

8. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


If you use Cyanogenmod you can easily select to have virtual buttons or not. I don't see why this will be a huge issue.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 07:14 1

7. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I don't like the idea of virtual buttons, I need my dedicated Back, Menu and Home buttons!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 07:40

9. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


how do we know which models are compatible?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:01

10. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I have a Nexus S so i am good but I still would like Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:06 1

11. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I got a HTC Desire HD.. I doubt we'll get it from HTC. XDA is our only hope..

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:16

12. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Ill be watching it closely for my Evo 3D.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 16:24

13. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


id like to see ICS ported onto the HP touchpad i picked up for $99

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 21:29

14. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 389; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I shouldn't be an issue... I wouldn't think it would be hard to just use the hardware buttons. And for phones like the Epic or Droid Incredible 2 all they have to do is turn off the backlight.

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