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

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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14 Comments

1. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Port ICS to the N9! ...please? Anyone?

2. android_hitman unregistered

hahahahahahah it is impossible

3. parthpatels007

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

5. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

8. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

7. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

9. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

how do we know which models are compatible?

10. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

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

11. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

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

12. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ill be watching it closely for my Evo 3D.

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

14. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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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