November 21, 2014

Ice Cream Sandwatch: Official statements on Android 4.0

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With all of the new phones being announced prior to the Galaxy Nexus as well as those making their debut in the ensuing weeks, we though we’d compile a list of what each manufacturer has said thus far.  Will your phone get Ice Cream Sandwich or will you be left watching the neighbors enjoy their frosty treat?  Here’s a breakdown (s0 far) as to what each hardware maker expects as it pertains to 4.0 in the coming months.

This list will evolve a bit in the next few months so don’t fret if you don’t see your phone or tablet listed.  Moreover, if you have something to share with us, please do send it along!

Statements from Hardware Makers

HTC – “We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.

LG – “LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.”

Motorola – “We’ve confirmed that DROID RAZR/ Motorola RAZR, DROID BIONIC, and Motorola XOOM (all editions) will get an upgrade to ICS… we have not confirmed any devices will not get ICS.”

Samsung – “Samsung Mobile U.S. has not made any official announcement plans for Ice Cream Sandwich software updates to any of our US products. We will let our customers know as soon as we have more information to share.”

Sony (Ericsson) – “Sony Ericsson is currently rolling out the upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3.4 across its entire 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio. This software upgrade will be available through a phased roll out in select markets. Beyond Gingerbread 2.3.4, we plan to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform made available to us. Official Sony Ericsson communication regarding software upgrades will be published on http://blogs.sonyericsson.com

Asus – “We’re delighted to confirm support for Ice Cream Sandwich on the ASUS Eee Pad Family – our aim is to bring the latest Android update to the Eee Pad Series, but at this time we are unable to set a date for its release. Please stay tuned for more news on our Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans.”

Specific Handsets and Tablets

Officially Getting Support

Officially Not Getting Support

What did we miss?

Try as we might, we’re gonna miss something here and there.  That’s why we need you to keep this list fresh with updates and tips.  Shoot us an email or two and we’ll amend the page!