The state of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates

The state of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is a big update to Android for handsets. So big, that it's got some phone makers hesitant whether they'd even update their devices to the new version. First, it was LG which dropped the bomb on Facebook by saying it's not going to update its LG Optimus 2X flagship. The company quickly changed its position and is "currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones," according to a note which also appeared on the social network.

But it's not just LG – pretty much every other major phone maker has been vague about updating its handsets to ICS. HTC, which was recently ranked as the number one smartphone vendor in the States, judging by smartphone shipments, said it "has been looking closely at the new OS's features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans." The Taiwanese are likely to update their high-end handsets, but when it comes to exact models the company says it needs more time: "Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible and we'll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!"

Update HTC: HTC has announced that it's Sensation series will be the first to get ICS by the end of March. It has also added more handsets to its list of ICS-eligible devices, which will get updated later in 2012.

Samsung, which has gathered some negative PR after some of last year's Galaxy S models took a long while to get bumped up to new Android versions, has now said that its top-tier smartphones will get Android 4.0. The list includes all 9xxx models, so that means that last year's Samsung Galaxy S in all of its flavors should also be bumped up to the new Android.

Motorola, which is now closer to Google than any other phone manufacturer, seems to be the only company which has given us exact time frames. Moto has pledged to deliver ICS updates six weeks after Google pushes the public release.

Sony Ericsson has also given us a vaguepromise that it will bring ICS to its devices, but there it seemsthat the situation will depend a lot on Sony, which is taking overthe company in the near future.

With so much uncertainty, we've decided to post a table of everything we know about Android Ice Cream Sandwich updates on various handsets and tablets. We'll update it as soon as we hear about a particular devices getting the update or being denied, so make sure to bookmark it and check back every once in a while. Below, you'll find what we know so far. But now it's back to you, do you care about your device receiving ICS? Would the ambiguity of ICS updates only boost Android fragmentation? Chime in with your opinions on the issue in the comments below.



72. xenuunex

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

Well.. here we are in Q2 of 2012 and Galaxy Note still has no ICS 4.0 update. I just love companies that tell you what you want too like LG. We're going to do X and you're gonna like it....

71. moosa.mahsoom

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

ICS may look ugly on the low-res devices.

69. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

would it be easier if you plug your android devices in your computer, run the android software and hit update to 4.0?

68. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the chart needs to be updated about the SGS1 since samsung pulled a jerk move and said they are not going to update it, even though the galaxyR is going to get the update... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

65. CUL8TR

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 01, 2012


66. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

yep got the European model as I am in the UK..which is good as I don't have to deal with the bast**** US carrier's lol and actually get timely updates ..ics in march for long until the US carriers approve the update?

61. Bokisa333

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ok, this is

60. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Hey Victor H. Can you describe the difference between the 2 Galaxy S II's you have on the list or that a typo? At first I thought one was the original international version, but that made me wonder what the other one is since there are 3 different types in the us so I'm still left a little confused.

58. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

any news on the Tmobile version of the lg optimus 2x? if not please help me root my phone -_- i know how on windows but i dont have a PC just a school provided 2010 macbook

55. Bokisa333

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Please update Sony Ericsson xperia arc!

53. ilia1986 unregistered

I wish the iPhone 4 was also in the list.. :(

56. Bokisa333

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Iphone uses iOS, not Android!

57. ilia1986 unregistered

Duh.. that's the whole point!!!

52. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

What about the desire HD or Inspire 4g? when will they be updated?

47. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Xperia Mini should also be in the list because Xperia mini pro is there and they are with same hardware !

48. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this is a table for CONFIRMED handsets. if it hasn't been said by name it's going to be updated then it's off the table.

49. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

But If Xperia mini pro is there mini also should be !!!!!!!!!!!

50. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yes i'm sure it probably will be updated but no one knows for sure. my Droid 3 is pretty much a Droid Bionic sans the LTE but it being updated hasn't been confirmed yet so it's not on this table like the Bionic is.

51. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

OK You are right! Thanks for the attention ! :))

46. SoopaManLuv

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Ok, for u moto fans, if its a recently released phone u should get tha update 22 ICS as soon as its available. I only say thus cause with my DroidX when I got it froyo had jus came out and it updated 2 that tha day after I got it. When gingerbread came out it got that update not long after tha release. So what I'm saying is Motorola (in MY experience) is good wit keep up with tha updates. Now I know my X won't get ICS but that's ok, leaning towards tha nexus or DROID Prime or whatever they gonna call. That way I won't have 2 worry about getting updated 2 ICS. Jus saying...

42. ray985

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Motorola did not pledge updates within 6 weeks of release, they pledged to give an update timeline by 6 weeks after the release of ICS. It was widely misreported from their initial tweet and then corrected in many blogs.

67. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

they also said they will unlocked the bootloaders..

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What bout my Atrix?

41. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

dunno. maybe, maybe not. time will tell. patience friend.

38. andulas

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

You forgot the Samsung Galaxy Note!

36. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

OK. So I see the headline of this article and decided to check it out. To my disappointment, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer was not in your table. I thought I remember reading about it some time ago. Then I read the comments and it seems that there were many devices not on the list and the author is relying on commenters to write this article. Well, here's my contribution:

32. LAmDroid

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

No mention of the Droid3 that came out just a month or so behind the Bionic?

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

there's no actual hard confirmation that it's getting it but i can guarantee you it will. ICS 4 D3 PRETTY PL0X!

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think a big issue that the manufacturers have to look at is the issue of skins, as mentioned above. With its tarted up interface (Yahtzee reference for the win!) and added functionality, it really does kill much of the reasons any manufacturers had for the skins. ICS is also not nearly as bare bones looking as its predecessors, so it would be difficult to add extra effects and keep the looks that the skins have had without the effect being jarring. Out of the three major skins, I'll pick Sense as the most likely survivor, because it was already pretty different from stock Android and adds functionality like lock screen accessible apps that stock still hasn't fully realized. HTC is also really, really proud of Sense, and let's face it, it's a freaking gorgeous skin. On the other hand, much of Blur's added functionality (increased customization, graphical effects, integrated task killer) are being included on ICS, with the only major missing feature being social networking integration. Therefore, I can see Moto putting in the social networking widgets but leaving much of ICS stock or only minorly changed. As for Touchwiz, I predict much of the same. And if the companies are to include their own skins, they have to go back to the drawing board in order to come up with new, consistent looks AND come up with even more features to add to justify the skins, while also doing testing to make sure that ICS AND the skins work well on the phones they update without any crippling bugs or bricked devices.

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

thanks for reminding me there's a Zero Punctuation video up today. xD

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