Ice Cream Sandwich Should Work on Gingerbread Handsets
We get it, you love all the great stuff that comes with Ice Cream Sandwich but you don’t want to plunk down a few hundred bucks for a Galaxy Nexus. Perhaps you have a grudge against Verizon or some other reason to avoid the carrier. And besides, you just upgraded a few months ago and picked up a Photon 4G or Droid Bionic. Will you get Android 4.0? According to Google, the answer is yes.
At last night’s Android 4.0/Galaxy Nexus event, a member of the Engadget team asked Google staffer Gabe Cohen whether or not today’s current models will support Ice Cream Sandwich. As he put it, most of the devices currently running Android 2.3 Gingerbread should ultimately see an update. What’s more, he advised that Google is “currently in the process for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S. “
With the full source code likely not becoming available until after the Galaxy Nexus arrives, it stands to reason that the first updates won’t happen until early 2012. Outside of the Pure Google experience devices (Nexus One, Nexus S) it’s a crap shoot at this point. As is the case with all devices released just before the new OS, we can imagine carriers and handset makers wanting to support those first. Another soft rule is that the more popular your phone is with your carrier, the better the chances of seeing a software update.