Google has finally unveiled the Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. The launch took place earlier today along with the announcement of Galaxy Nexus. History will repeat itself and the new Nexus will be the first device to run on Ice Cream Sandwich. After the event Gabe Cohen of Google made a small announcement that
Google is currently in the process for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S…
Well, this was expected as Nexus is Google’s own baby. But what about other devices in the market including SGS2 and recently announced Motorola RAZR. Both of these are currently running Gingerbread 2.3.5. As per Google,
… in theory ICS should work for any 2.3 device…
That is a tricky statement and Google has passed the ball in the hands of manufacturers. Customizations like SenseUI, MotoBlur and TouchWiz almost leave no stones unturned to make sure your phone remains outdated.
Samsung is yet to release a public statement in this case. But going by the past track records, and relationship with Google, we can expect a full blown Android 4.0 update in early 2012 atleast for SGS2.
Motorola who recently announced the slimmest (and probably the best) Droid RAZR was quick to respond and confirmed ICS update for RAZR in “start of 2012”
HTC on the other hand released a not-so-happy statement which says
We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. 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.
HTC’s statement is sure going to make fanboys unhappy. I hope that atleast Sensation gets an update soon.