Ice Cream Sandwich Should Work on Gingerbread Handsets

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.


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  1. Anonymous
    October 19, 11:22 Reply

    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
      October 19, 13:27 Reply

      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
    October 19, 12:32 Reply

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

  3. Anonymous
    October 19, 13:28 Reply

    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
      October 20, 09:01 Reply

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

    • Jörg
      October 27, 14:45 Reply

      Samsung will rollout ICS for Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and Nexus S in January 2012, Nexus S Update maybe earlyer in this year

      found here:

      • Anonymous
        October 27, 16:08 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
        October 27, 16:08 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
    October 20, 09:44 Reply

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

  5. erni74
    October 24, 10:34 Reply

    S2 will be updated in January 2012 is the last rumor
    and there’s something new about Samsung Glaxy S3, found here:

  6. erni74
    November 04, 07:29 Reply

    LG Optimus Speed (called in Germany) will get Android Ice Cream Sandwich after Update on Gingerbread 2.3.4, which is available now!
    found it here:     and here:

  7. Pigmy0712
    November 07, 11:08 Reply

    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?

  8. Roupyadhal2005
    February 29, 11:39 Reply

    Kindly Inform when Ice cream Sandwich Upgrade will be available .. ?

  9. Rahul
    September 11, 07:46 Reply

    I have Samsung GT-S6802 can I upgrade it to Ice Cream Sandwitch. If Yes Please guide me.

  10. pao
    November 24, 00:28 Reply

    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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