Google announced late yesterday that they have begun deploying a new version of Android to a handful of smartphones and tablets. According to a post on the Google+ account for the Android team, Ice Cream Sandwich is rolling out to UMTS/GSM Nexus S, Xoom Wi-Fi, and HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus devices. To be a little clearer, this is not the Verizon model of the Galaxy Nexus nor is it the 4G LTE-capable Xoom. Nor is it the Sprint Nexus S 4G.
We’ve started rolling out Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, to UMTS/GSM Nexus S, Xoom Wi-Fi, and HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus devices, and we’ll be rolling it out to more devices in the coming weeks. Some of you will be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich for the first time, while others will be receiving an update to your existing Ice Cream Sandwich experience with stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more.
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It’s difficult to say for certain as to when some of these other devices see their Android 4.0 updates but the hardcore users seem to be growing restless. As for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, new rumors are now suggesting that it will actually see a 4.0.5 update in early April.