- Google’s latest and greatest OS announced outside of the U.S. — check!
- First device to feature Google’s latest and greatest OS released outside of the U.S. — check!.
- First device to be updated to Google’s latest and greatest OS not available in the U.S. — check!
Those are some mighty achievements for Google, a company that was not only started in the U.S. but also houses the core team of developers who began Android (let the foaming at the mouth begin). I’ll avoid going off into a rant and just let you all know that Chinese manufacturer Huawei has achieved what no other OEM has yet to achieve: they have released an Ice Cream Sandwich update to one of their devices (of course the devices isn’t available in the U.S.). An Android 4.0 “demo build” update is now available for owners of the Huawei Honor and can be had by visiting the Huawei Honor support page.
So if the Huawei Honor isn’t available in the U.S. and the U.S. still doesn’t have any devices with ICS — why is this news? Well, because it is, and because the more we write about how badly Google has failed its U.S. Android user base by not ensuring certain stipulations/conditions/guidelines/ be set in place to avoid such carrier sabotage, the better chance we have of it never happening again.
Congratulations Huawei, a job well done.