When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

Summary: With Ice Cream Sandwich on the horizon, companies are slowly releasing their understandably vague update schedules.

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While a lot has been written about the new features that Android 4.0 is bringing to the table, the big question on the minds of many current Android phone owners is when, exactly, will the upgrade make it to their phones. Here's what some of the larger players have to say about their upgrade plans.

HTC. HTC isn't sure how it's to go about upgrading its devices to Android 4.0. Much of that, it seems, revolves around its predilection for slapping its custom Sense skin on top of everything. The company released a statement stating as much, sans, predictably, a timeframe:

"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.

Google Google is sticking by its promises to upgrade its Nexus line. Both Android Product Manager Gabe Cohen and Android User Experience Director Matias Duarte are promising that the Nexus S will get the upgrade to Android 4.0. That's a big deal for owners of the device, many of whom purchased Google's flagship phone for that very reason. Previous devices like the Nexus One should see the upgrade as well.

Motorola For a device announced on the same day as Android 4.0, it's a bit strange that the Droid RAZR won't come equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich from the beginning. Either way, Motorola says that the Droid RAZR's upgrade to Android 4.0 will come in early 2012, though the company isn't yet specifying a date. Motorola's situation likely mirrors that of HTC, and it is probably still figuring how to best work out its custom UI with ICS.

As for Motorola's other recent Droid device, Motorola says that Bionic owners will see the Android 4.0 upgrade soon as well.  Motorola confirmed the news on its Facebook page, but provided no timeline, as expected.

Sony-Ericcson Add Sony Ericcson to the list of manufacturers offering general plans with no specific details. "Beyond Gingerbread 2.3.4, we plan to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform made available to us," the company said in a fairly obvious statement.

Samsung And how about Samsung? Considering that Android 4.0 is launching with its upcoming Galaxy Nexus, you'd think that Samsung would have a clear upgrade path for its current non-Nexus phones. And yet, sadly, that's not the case. There's no official word on Samsung's plans, though its a fair assumption that they will happen at some point in early 2012.

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  • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

    Good luck with those 'promises', that's the reason I left Android...
    Hasam1991
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @Hasam1991 Waaaaaa. My Nexus One is running the latest version prior to ICS. It will get ICS. Have fun with MS or Apple.
      timspublic1@...
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @Hasam1991 what did you go to?
      HBCASurfer
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @Hasam1991
      Ummm, older iPhones get left off as well on updates forcing new phones.

      With that said, the delays in Android updates for current devices are annoying...

      HTC... I don't see why they just don't make Sense a paid app in the marketplace and have the ability to make some money on everyone's handsets. :)
      admiraljkb
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @Hasam1991 -- So why you are following Android thread? Regretting your move ???
      OnlyDanny
      • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

        @OnlyDanny Oh Please! Like no one that uses Android never posts negative comments on Apple or MS threads? Are you serious?
        Sheesh!!!
        Rapid Rec
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @Hasam1991 It is understandable.

      I don't expect Android to be available to every Android phone at this point. The G1, for instance, might be a little long in the tooth, but Android often has left newer devices behind even when they were released within the same year.

      However, this is why I went with the Nexus line, I saw this coming.

      For more thoughts: http://technorati.com/technology/android/article/this-is-about-android/
      madbohem
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @Hasam1991
      These 'promises' by all manufacturers, developers, etc. are almost always subject to delays. I mean, what about upgrading to Gingerbread from Froyo, or even to Honeycomb? My T-Mobile phone came with Froyo and a "promise" to upgrade to Gingerbread at a future date. The date came and went and then one morning I woke up with a notification. 'system upgrade' available. Minutes later I had my promised upgrade. I don't know if I'll ever see any further upgrades, but I really don't care as the phone is just fine as it is.
      bunkport
  • Get use to it Android users

    They'd all rather sell you a new phone...
    GoPower
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @GoPower
      ... except for Google, which is why I have a Nexus S.
      Ronny102
      • Oh no, google would rather sell you another phone too.

        Thats why they dont make all the oems deliver updates to all the hw that it can run on.
        Johnny Vegas
      • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

        @Ronny102 Or my Nexus One...Latest version currently installed. ICS to come next year. Just like always :)

        At least until the HW can't handle things.
        timspublic1@...
      • It took Google about 3 months for the Nexus One/Gingerbread update.

        @Ronny102

        Pretty sad if you ask me.
        Bruizer
  • Empty promises

    I give Apple props for at least upgraded older devices. Every other device is at the mercy of the carrier for getting the latest OS (unless you want to deal with custom roms / firmware.

    Carriers have no desire to maintain the OS and upgrade it unless they have to. It prevents you from upgrading the device which is the cycle they want.

    Figure your mobile device has a 18 month life and replace as needed.
    MobileAdmin
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @MobileAdmin
      Get a Nexus device, and you'll get updates too. What is wrong with you people?
      Droid101
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @MobileAdmin
      "Carriers have no desire to maintain the OS and upgrade it unless they have to. It prevents you from upgrading the device which is the cycle they want."

      I agree completely, which is why I have a Nexus S. Unlocked, contract-free, crapware-free, OS updates directly from Google. I have several SIM cards that I use depending on where in the world I am. No data roaming, no bill shocks.

      And guaranteed to be upgraded to ICS.
      Ronny102
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @MobileAdmin Oh ya, cheers for that iOS 4 "upgrade" to the older devices. Been drinking the Koolaid again?
      timspublic1@...
      • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

        @timspublic1@...

        I'm the first to knock Apple when needed but iOS 5 can go down to what the 3GS? Blackberry dropped all old device for OS 7 and will drop then again as they move to BBX. Palm dropped all early WebOS people off a cliff, Windows Mobile moving to Windows Phone 7 dropped all Windows Mobile users etc.

        There is nothing stating anyone owes you an upgrade on mobile devices.

        Pretty funny anyone accusing me of drinking Koolaid.
        MobileAdmin
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @MobileAdmin "I give Apple props for at least upgraded older devices"? All Apple updates is the newest generation and then the generation before that (currently 4th and 3rd gen), not counting any "S" series (3GS, 4S, etc). So currently, iPod/iPhone 1G/2G owners are stuck with pre-iOS 4. So really, you can't commend Apple all that much...the only reason they upgrade every device they make is because their software only goes into so many devices. It's not like Google, whose software flies all over the place.
      zandm7
    • RE: When will current Android devices get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? Here are a few clues

      @MobileAdmin Actually Apple is only going to upgrade iPhones that are currently in production to IOS5. The 3GS, 4, and 4S are the only ones that will get the IOS update. Apple is stll making and selling those phones. I do wish that Android makers and US carriers wouldn't EOL their old phones so quick. Frankly I am not ready to upgrade my EVO 4G yet. It is actually a really nice phone.
      lwatcdr