We’ve already looked at the lengthy process that the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from Gingerbread is - it takes effort both from the phone maker and the carrier. Now, most major phone manufacturers including Asus, Samsung and Sony have finished the testing and certification and are ready to update device to ICS very soon, according to DigiTimes’ industry sources.
Phone makers haven’t yet updated their devices to the latest Android despite the fact that the 4.0.x version was released in November of last year. That’s nearly a five month gap in which Gingerbread continues to be the dominant Android version on high-end handsets on the platform.
And if we are to trust DigiTimes, Android 5.0 should make fragmentation even worse as the publication expects the new version to arrive as early as May or June. Internally, this is allegedly slowing down phone manufacturers with ICS updates as they try to prepare for 5.0.
Samsung has already pushed an ICS update for its Galaxy S II, and next in line are the Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Note. Asus has also updated its original Transformer, and Sony recently announced plans to bump up the Android versions of the Tablet P and Tablet S by end-April.