30 March 2012 20:31 GMT / By Stuart Miles
Google has announced the cast of the latest version of Android: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in Hong Kong on Wednesday – and with it the bright new Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
That’s wholly very well and good, but at the time that is it coming to your Android smartphone? Will the smartphone in your hands be getting an upgrade to enjoy some of the new features such of the same kind with Face Unlock and the new Roboto assortment of types?
Google on Ice Cream Sandwich
Hugo Barra, proceeds management director of Android, has uttered that the aim is to dispose Nexus S running Android 4.0 in a short time after the release of the Galaxy Nexus wile but that the original Google-branded Nexus One is honest too old to come to the cabal.
Samsung on Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung Italy has confirmed that the update is to come – but possibly not until Q2 2012. Ice Cream Sandwich command hit its high-end devices including the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus at approximately the same time.
Samsung Norway has freshly confirmed that the update for the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note enjoin be arriving by the end of Q1, thus we make that March.
UPDATE: The Samsung Galaxy S won’t have existence getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update
UPDATE 2: The Nexus S did realize the Android 4.0 update, however shortly afterwards Google halted the rollout of the Android 4.0 update despite the Nexus S as users started to rumor problems with the mobile phone’s battery.
UPDATE 3: Samsung Israel has revealed that Ice Cream Sandwich updates be pleased begin next week on 15 March. Speaking by way of its Facebook page, it said: ”We promised that we are in operation about that. You have waited patiently. And it’s advent in March 15: Android version 4, ICS, toward tens of thousands of the Galaxy S2 owners that purchased it from the alveolate company in Israel or directly from us. We are true excited in here towards the dart, hope that you too ”
UPDATE 4: Samsung issued the following description on its official blog: ”The upgrade wish begin in European countries including Poland, Hungary, Sweden, at the same time that well as Korea today and little by little roll out to other markets. Android 4.0 ICS software upgrade against Galaxy Note, Galaxy SII LTE, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 devise follow soon.”
UPDATE 5: In a characteristic statement to Pocket-lint Samsung has said: “Samsung UK can confirm that the turn round out of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) forward Galaxy S II will be suitable from week commencing 19 March. However, the availability of software upgrades in the UK exercise volition be dependent upon each network’s recognize software approvals process.”
UPDATE 6: The ICS update because of the Samsung Galaxy S II has now started in the UK. Three customers should wish it on their phone by very lately, Orange has issued the following description:
“We know you’re all looking expedite; speed to the ICS update. We can confirm that it is being worked attached for the Galaxy SII but we slip on’t have a release date at the element. We will tweet when we be obliged more information or when we have information on other handset updates. ^Andy”
UPDATE 7: We’ve created a severed story detailing the Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update.
HTC adhering Ice Cream Sandwich
The official row of words from HTC to Pocket-lint is: ”We are excited with respect to the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are popularly reviewing its features and functionality to find out our upgrade plans. Our goal because Android updates is to give each customer an improved user experience, that means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel.
“While our goal is to upgrade in the manner that many of our recent devices at the same time that possible, we are committed to maintaining each phone’s performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates without ceasing specific device upgrade plans.”
UPDATE: HTC has confirmed the following: ”HTC has been laboring hard to get its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades handy, and we’re excited to blaze abroad that our first round of ICS upgrades pleasure roll out by the end of March as antidote to the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE, followed betimes thereafter by the HTC Sensation XL.”
There is also hope for HTC EVO 3D, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD owners, through the company confirming that although they won’t be getting the ICS update in March, they desire be getting the update at some point in 2012.
“In addition, we be possible to confirm Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades choose be coming later this year to the HTC EVO 3D, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. Stay tuned with respect to more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the approach weeks,” adds HTC.
UPDATE 2: HTC has started its European case of the HTC Sensation XE Ice Cream Sandwich update to a limited number of users before a wider rollout becomes serviceable. Read our HTC Sensation XE Ice Cream Sandwich pictures and hands-steady.
UPDATE 3: The roll-out to Sensation and Sensation XE handsets has at once begun, with many owners getting the upgrade by the next two weeks (from 14 March). HTC has besides revealed that another UK handset to achieve the upgrade will be the HTC Ryhme.
UPDATE 4: We are getting early reports that the HTC XE Sensation update has gain the UK.
Sony Ericsson / Sony steady Ice Cream Sandwich
The official place along the side of from Sony Ericsson to Pocket-lint is: ”Sony Ericsson is currently rolling out the upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3.4 athwart its entire 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio. This software upgrade have a mind be available through a phased list out in select markets. Beyond Gingerbread 2.3.4, we figure to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the nearest Android platform made available to us.
“Official Sony Ericsson commerce regarding software upgrades will be published forward http://blogs.sonyericsson.com.”
UPDATE: Sony Ericsson has confirmed on 15 November 2011 that it exercise volition be bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to it’s 2011 tier.
“There have been a few questions in the present life on the blog and in our subsistence forums regarding our upgrade plans superior to Gingerbread. We can today confirm that we concoct to upgrade the entire 2011 Xperia portfolio to the next version of Android known as Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich,” it said.
“We are working on merging our current Xperia experience with the new features in Android 4.0. More detailed knowledge regarding this upgrade, timing and global availability determination be communicated in due course in the present state on the blog.”
The 2011 Xperia Portfolio is the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia efficacious, Xperia ray as well as Sony Ericsson Live by Walkman.
UPDATE 2: Pocket-lint has heard that the Sony Ericsson / Sony kind will be getting the update in Q2. So that’s basically betwixt April and June (inclusive).
UPDATE 3: Sony has detailed the updates a little more, but still not nailed a time, other than to confirm that the schedule-out for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray resolution be first in line, starting in intervening-April.
Following this, the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will get their update surrounding the end of May/beginning of June.
There is pacify no word on the update to Sony’s newest phone, the Xperia S.
Sony has added that the updates desire be via cable only, i.e., you’ll require to plug your phone into your computer, more willingly than it being an OTA update.
Asus adhering Ice Cream Sandwich
“Asus Eee Pad Transformer command be getting update to ICS – otherwise than that we can’t provide a schedule at this stage,” Asus told Pocket-lint, workmanship it the first Ice Cream Sandwich lozenge. Asus has subsequently confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich be inclined be rolled out to the Eee Pad Transformer following the update to the Eee Pad Transformer Prime forward 12 January 2012.
UPDATE: The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update in the place of the Asus Transformer is now out. On Asus’s Facebook page the company says: “Many of our Eee Pad Transformer TF101 users get waited patiently for the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and we are delighted to noise abroad that the first wave of FOTA updates in spite of TF101 firmware v.126.96.36.199 started today in Taiwan. The update self-reliance FOTA in other regions soon later.”
LG on Ice Cream Sandwich
The official statement to Pocket-lint from LG is: ”LG is committed to oblation the best smartphone experience on our Android Optimus phones. We are publicly reviewing the latest Android OS free and will be making a firmness with our carrier partners on a rollout scroll. Specific phone models and timing of updates devise be posted on relevant local websites or at www.lg.com.”
Although Unofficial reports came in that LG would not subsist updating the LG Optimus 2X to Ice Cream Sandwich the congregation was keen to debunk these adhering Facebook, stating: ”LG firmly denies the rumours that claim LG determine not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update in the place of the LG Optimus 2X. These rumours are NOT granted.
“LG is currently in the operation of planning the ICS OS update with regard to the LG Optimus 2X as well during the time that other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed accusation on the ICS OS update catalogue for specific models will be announced, formerly the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.”
UPDATE: According to LG’s Facebook boy-servant , LG will begin rolling out the ICS Android 4.0 update between April and September 2012.
“LG command be offering the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS upgrade with a view to a range of LG smartphones that were introduced this year,” LG declared via Facebook. “The global upgrade list will begin in the second and third quarters of 2012, which will be followed by a global roll out.
“During the assistant quarter of 2012 upgrades will commence for the following smartphone models: the LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3.0, the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Sol, the LG my Touch Q and the LG Eclipse.
However owners of phones similar as the Optimus Black and the Optimus 3D exercise volition have to wait until some time back July for the ICS update:
“These upgrades be inclined be followed by upgrades for the following smartphone models for the period of the third quarter of 2012: the LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Black, the LG Optimus Big, the LG Optimus Q2 and the LG Optimus EX,” the fellowship said.
Motorola on Ice Cream Sandwich
Having introduced the just discovered Android superphone to assembled European journalists, Alain Mutricy, more advanced vice-president portfolio and product dealing, candidly referred to Google’s Hong Kong advertisement in which Ice Cream Sandwich was launched.
Mutricy highlighted that albeit the Motorola RAZR had been designed because of, and will be launching on, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the fellowship has a plan in place to update the phone to Ice Cream Sandwich at the “sally of 2012″.
UPDATE: The company has at this time confirmed that the Motorola RAZR and Xoom mixed the Droid Bionic and US rendition of the RAZR will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
UPDATE 2: Motorola has at that time said for UK readers, the before anything else Motorola devices to get Ice Cream Sandwich exercise volition be the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi-no other than, the Xoom Family Edition and the Motorola RAZR. Rollouts be disposed begin sometime between March and May.
Then the wait begins.
For Motorola Xoom 2 customers, you’ll consider to wait until the summer to memorize your update. Motorola is saying the update is in expansion and that it is working to obtain it out for some time in Q3. That’s June to August, toward those who care.
After that it’s anyone’s mistrust of when or if you’ll persuade the update. Devices in that pile for UK readers include the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi and 3G type, The Motorola Atrix and even the newly announced MotoLuxe and Motorola Pro+.
Motorola has also confirmed that if you own a Defy Mini, a Defy+, Milestone 2, Milestone, Defy MB525, Charm, Flipout, Milestone XT720, Backflip or Dext you won’t have existence getting any updates. The version of Android you publicly have is the version you are stuck with.
Viewsonic on Ice Cream Sandwich
The official line from from Derek Wright, ViewSonic European marketing horsemanship,r to Pocket-lint is: