Notion Ink chief confirms Google seeding of ICS, to be on the Adam in November

Notion Ink chief confirms Google seeding of ICS, to be on the Adam in November
This isn't the first time he's done it, and may not be the last. Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan has once again outed the release window for the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Last year, Rohan outed the release of Gingerbread in a blog post a couple days before it was actually released, and now he's saying that ICS will hit in late-October. 

Even more interesting is that Rohan claims that Notion Ink will have the ICS update ready for its Adam tablet by November. This is an incredibly fast turnaround, especially given the Eden UI overlay, Genesis app store and custom apps found on the Notion Ink Adam. Given the speed that Rohan expects for the update, it's possible that Google has already been seeding manufacturers with ICS, but has been enforcing a strict no leak policy, which would be why the recently demoed Nexus Prime was running Gingerbread. 

We've contacted Rohan to ask whether the update speed is based on his expectations from his development team, or because Notion Ink has been receiving early builds of ICS from Google, and we'll update if we hear back. We're hoping it's the latter, because it would be great to see ICS updates start to roll out by year's end.

*Update* Rohan has responded and has confirmed that while Notion Ink is "not on the list of official ICS", Google has seeded its ODM (original design manufacturer) with early builds of ICS "like they always do with crucial partners like chip vendors, select OEMs." Rohan also said that Notion Ink and its "community friends" have been working on the ICS update for a "long time" in order to roll out the update quickly upon the OS public release. This begs the question: if a small manufacturer like Notion Ink can get builds of new Android updates early enough to push the update a month after its full release, why does it take so long for partners like Samsung, HTC, or Sony Ericsson?

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23 Comments

1. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Google stop upgrading your s/w very soon. Have time for us enjoy your versions

3. Rejeimha

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 29, 2010

Then get consumers to admit that the OS is perfect and can't be improved upon, and then get all competitors to stop innovating and stop coming up with new ideas that make consumers look away from Google's s/w. This is the market at work. To grow you need to improve and update your product, and if you're not growing then you're dying. Hey, do you remember that one company, whose products you still buy, that decided to stop upgrading their s/w? Yeah, me neither. Plus, just because a company offers a new product or upgrades their current one doesn't mean the consumer has to buy it or upgrade to it right away.

4. AJ unregistered

I believe the name of the company you were looking for was RIM.

7. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The problem is that every time a new update comes it's hard to have it available on your phone. You have to wait for updates. Many phones from 2010 don't even have update for Froyo, and some phones don't have update to Gingerbread. But i agree with you, software should always be growing.

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Barely 15% of phones in the wild are on an Android version below 2.2, so what exactly are these "many phones" that don't have the Froyo updates?

9. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

You're right michael. if you keep updating the s/w everything will be old. Most of the phones doesn't have even android 2.3 but already nexus loaded with 3.1? and now the ICS. Where should i through my android if google keep updating the s/w? Is that because android is open source and anyone can do what they want? A OS should be a royal one like WP or symbian, not everyone should come in and get their own thing. Comeon guys how long your Galaxy S2 will keep upgraded if google keep development at this speed?

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Every company needs to keep innovating in order to keep consumer interest. You may have had a smartphone for a while, but half of mobile users are still using feature phones. You innovate to keep the customers you have and to get new customers. Google is on the same development cycle as Apple. Each company releases the next major version of its OS on a yearly cycle. The problem isn't Google's development speed, its that manufacturers don't push the updates.

11. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

You're true

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think people put too much emphasis on updates because we always feel we need to have the latest and greatest.. even if they dont know what the update does. When you bought your phone, did it work? Does everything run well? Do you like the functionality? If you answered yes, you dont need to be so impatient for updates. Buy a phone (or any electronics) for what it is at the moment you buy it... not for what an update might do for it.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

My Droid X had the problem/bug where the SMS messages were displaying in a random order in a thread. If memory serves, the bug didn't get fixed until 6 or 9 months into my 1 year contract. At least I had the option to bail after the 1 year. HTC has been much more responsive with my EVO 3D.

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Why can't you enjoy your existing version of Android after another version is released? I had Froyo for a while after Gingerbread was released and as I recall, I never stopped enjoying Froyo during that time.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Its being nearly a year since we saw the last smartphone update from Google, how long would you like them to hold updates?

2. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

My Nexus S commands it

5. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

seeing how i just received an OTA update about 4 months ago which was almost a year from gingerbread's release date and now seeing ICS is coming out next month just lets me know i will get a OTA update around 8 months from now :(

6. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Get the Nexus Prime or just put another rom on it. This is not the iPhony.

14. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

That's great in my world...That just means that the EVO 3D will have ICE CREAM SANDWHICH BEFORE THANKSGIVING OR CHRISTMAS..The Nexus Prime will have it first, then the Nexus S4g, then the EVO 3D...That's my order....

15. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Wtf i havent checked this site for a few hours but i can remember recently reading this article, on a different site maybe? but i can remember that first comment too! lol im i going crazy?

18. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I updated the article with the information I received from Rohan Shravan, so the article got bumped up. That may explain your craziness.

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, you're all like a bunch of ducks quacking over Google inconsistent updates that barely fixes any of the problems Android has lol.

22. iHateTrollslikeYou unregistered

Now you my friend, are a perfect example of a troll :) try to go the guiness world record to claim your proze :)

23. iHateTrollslikeYou unregistered

*prize

20. mikesomeone unregistered

Does any body know what devices are supported by Ice Cream?

25. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

That's why android suxxx. You can't focus on what you have right now, because you're thinking what will happen in next few months. Will my precious phone get update, or not?? If not, what will I do??? I won't have the latest and greatest...oh my, oh my... Enjoy your device if it works! Don't waste your time and vital energy to worry about "maybe updates"!

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