January 30, 2015

Ice Cream Sandwich Should Work on Gingerbread Handsets

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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.

 



18 Comments

  1. Anonymous
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    S h i t we cant even get Gb on the Tbolt, no way VZ is going to allow us to get ICS.

    • Dylan Williams
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      I would say that you will definately get ICS if you are prepared to root your phone and install a custom ROM. A good way of extending it’s life.
      Your phone has got a good processor ( CApable of being overclocked safely to 1.4 -1.6 Ghz ) and a GPU for the 2D graphics hardware acceleration that ICS demands.
      So just wait for Cyanogen team to give it to you within a few months :)

  2. Swcob22
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    T-Mobile has had so many problems with the g2x. I see myself rooting in the near future.

  3. Anonymous
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    I’m sure Samsung will get riiiiiight on that for the Galaxy S.

    But the good news is the custom ROM makers will have us covered.

    • Zomby
      Reply

      The international version could see an upgrade. But individual carriers custom designs, probably not.

      • Anonymous
        Reply

        That is great news, thank you – though as Zomby says it’ll probably never make it to T-Mobile here. But at least it’ll be a good base.

      • Anonymous
        Reply

        That is great news, thank you – though as Zomby says it’ll probably never make it to T-Mobile here. But at least it’ll be a good base.

  4. Mxra
    Reply

    Does anyone knows if it will be possible for Galaxy Ace hardware to have an update for it?

  5. Pigmy0712
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    Are we at the mercy of the manufacturer or the carrier with updates? About a year ago my nephew had to “unbrand” his ATT Samsung Captivate and download the latest Android OS from a site in Europe.  Phone worked a lot better.  So ICS will be available for the Galaxy S 2 in april 2012 – four phones with 3 carriers – will all get the update?

  6. pao
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    hi… i have here my samsung galaxy wonder, is there any update or it is possible to upgrade gingerbread to ice cream sandwich on my SGWonder? thanks and best regards!

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