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Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrades

  • 23 January 2012
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If you have a fairly recent Android smartphone or tablet running Gingerbread or Honeycomb you might be wondering if an upgrade to Android 4, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is in your future. We take a look at what's in store.

Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) represents a giant leap forward. It's not just better than Gingerbread and Honeycomb - it's the best mobile OS we've used in terms of usability, flexibility, application support and appearance. We were very impressed during our recent review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.


HTC has made an offical statement saying that he HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, HTC Rezound (US Only), HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G (US Only) and HTC Amaze 4G (US Only).

Given the significant changes made with ICS it's not surprising that the update is only coming to devices released in the latter part of 2011. HTC says the upgrades will be coming during the first part of 2012 so we're waiting with baited breath.

We're worndering whether HTC Sense still has a future in an ICS world or whether Android 4 overcomes the deficiencies that HTC Sense resolved.


Our Korean isn't great but apparently this page says that the Galaxy S Smartphone and 7-inch Galaxy tab won't be seeing any ICS upgrade action.

However, a whole swag of devices are expected to be upgraded accoring to a recent statement by Samsung. These are the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

The upgrades are expected during the first quarter of 2012.


The popular, and in our view underrated, Motorola Xoom tablet will be getting its ICS mojo happening. Over the air upgrades started last week and will appear on devices soon. If you have a Xoom, make sure you back your data up before you hit the upgrade button.

The Official Motorola Blog also says that the recently released DROID RAZR and DROID BIONIC will be upgraded.

If you have a Motorola smartphone or tablet, you can keep up with upgrade news at the Motorola Android Software Upgrade News site.


Asus has lead the running in our view by declaring their recent Transformer TF101 tablet Ice Cream Sandwich upgradeable as part of the product specification. This is great news as it allows customers to make an informed decision without having to resort to buying and hoping.

Asus commenced the upgrade process in the UK according to some reports so local customers should expect some action soon.


Acer has committed a lot of energy to its Tablet strategy with both Windows (W Series) and Android (A Series) tablets on the market.

A recent report from Tablet Online (in Polish) quotes a source from Acer Poland saying that the A100, A101, A500 and A501 tablets will be upgraded early this year.

HP TouchPad

OK, so this one is a bit of a stretch but there's an Alpha release of ICS for the TouchPad. It's very early days and the port doesn't do much more than just boot up at this stage but it seems that there may be life for all those $99 tablets that HP dumped in their famous 2011 TouchPad Firesale.

There are losts of details at RootzWiki.



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