Phone makers done tweaking, ready to update to ICS very soon

Phone makers done tweaking, ready to update to ICS very soon
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.

source: DigiTimes

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33 Comments

1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay, Android is a fun, versatile OS with every type of skin, form factor, price range and manufacturer anyone could want. But I can't for the life of me see an advantage to the idea of going from 4.0 ICS, which has been well recieved, to 5.0 in less than a few months. I have been defending Android saying with ICS I felt their fragmentation would be better. Am I this wrong ALREADY???

5. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

dude its a rumour. chill

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

so according to the author Victor H. android is suffering from fragmentation very badly ? question for the author - dint you read the article by Micheal ? http://www.phonearena.com/news/Not-every-problem-with-Android-should-be-called-fragmentation_id28354

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I wonder if Michael and Victor come into the office each day and flip each other off, call each other out at staff meetings, shoot those little suction cup guns at each other's coffee mugs... Victor wearing a shirt that reads, 'iM CREATIVE', and micahels wearing a shirt that reads, 'This IS the Droid you're looking for'.

23. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Thanks for that, made me laugh haha

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I can sometimes be a bit of a d**k... figured I'd go light today.

28. bizwhizzy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Why dint he even read when Michael wrote this same story yesterday? http://www.phonearena.com/news/New-prediction-for-Jelly-Bean-release-almost-gets-it-right_id28344

2. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Speculations. I doubt android 5.0, will come in may or june. Google, would most likely not make something like this.

3. tharag

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

why google is in so much haste ...when they want to counter fragmentation they must hold themselves for sometime & back up the ics .....byt their action doesn't seems to fit with their ideas of countering fragmentation.

14. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Google themselves said that ICS will solve Android fragmentation. Based on that, I am guessing Jellybeans will be an update like the 2.3 is to the 2.2. So I guess fragmentation wouldn't be an issue.

31. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I think the fragmentation Google was referring to is between phones and tablets. Before phones were using Gingerbread while tablets used Honeycomb, now both platforms will be running ICS, closing the gap between the 2...

4. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

when ICS was announced and when the galaxy nexus dropped they all made promises of Q1 updates. looks like those were a bit off.

25. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

You expected anything different? Lol, nothing's change here.

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you cry babies that whine everytime a new version of android is annouced is the reason for the fragmentation

9. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

the whining is the reason? seems like more of a reaction to me.

27. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

If you want a phone that actually gets updates, and isn't obsolete after the Maxxxx version comes out in 2 months, then get an iPhone. Otherwise, stick with your obsolete phones running a 2010 OS.

29. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

At least Android has advanced since its was created, in like ios, 2007 was a long time ago.....

7. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

That's a bunch of crap. They are pushing out ICS much better than they did Gingerbread if you ask me and the fact that Samsung and HTC already have it on devices doesn't make it look like they are twiddling their thumbs waiting for Jellybean. ICS has consolidated the phone and tablet OS so I can't see Jellybean being a Tablet update like I've heard not too long ago. Google will not leapfrog over ICS to Jellybean this damn fast.

8. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Did you say fragmentation? Oh boy, I see bad weather coming...

10. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

what if Jellybean won't be a drastic update? Just like like Eclair to Froyo and Froyo to Gingerbread? What if Jellybean will be just v4.1 and not v5.0? When rumors come out, they are just rumors and nothing but rumors.

11. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I heard as soon as....next week some devices are getting ICS on Verizon and sprint

12. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

I will grab my pitchfork and light my torches when Google says it's coming out. Until then I choose not to flip out over rumors.

15. redmd

Posts: 1936; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

" you cry babies that whine everytime a new version of android is annouced is the reason for the fragmentation" Haha nice one. People are so whiny, go get yourselves iPhone. Fragmentation this fragmentation that, don't you have a life outside your smartphone?

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

victor u need to stop treating completely unsubstantiated rumors as fact. no one said JB is coming out soon nor that it will be 5.0. it could be 4.1 . it could come out next year. where were you when android was gettting major updates every 6 months... be we are looking at a yearly cycle and your making it seem like its worse when it's not. instead of trying to find new ways to incite android paranoia for no reason why not just stick to fact? even better go find hard facts on iOS's severe "fragmentation " issue and publish that. at least go read Michael's article on the matter...

17. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Although all PA writers are claimed to be unbiased i find it very hard to convince myself Victor is not an Ifan writer. Its not quite obvious at first but theres a subtle using and wordings of phrases in his articles so the writing does not quite show dislike of android but still paint a somewhat negative picture of it while seeming neutral!

19. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

have to agree with you bro. Micheal is the ONLY WRITER WHO IS NOT BIASED. and be ready for hate mails from PA telling you how you cant say anything against apple and isheeps.

18. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

exactly... i finished reading an awesome article by Micheal this morning and then I see this crap. this is simply ibiased thing.

22. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

"if we are to trust digitimes..." can you read? Michael's article is his own work and it was very good. This is just a reposting and rewording of the source article (like 95% of the stuff on PA). Why on earth are you guys bashing the "author"? You are just killing the messenger.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The messenger has the ability to write and rewrite as he sees fit, so yea... he isnt quoting something verbatim, he is adding his own spin to it.

26. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Someone has no idea what they're talking about. #cultofpersonality

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