Android 4.0 Update Reports from Big Manufacturers
There’s lot of manufacturers starts to pushing Android 4.0 update for their devices this month. Samsung is recently start to roll out the ICS update for Galaxy S II, while HTC already distribute the new OS update for HTC Vivid. But what about other company? Will they manage to deliver Android 4.0 update right on schedule? As you might already know, Google is reported to release the new Android 5.0 Jelly Bean at the end of this year, in order to compete against Microsoft Windows 8. So, let’s check out how’s big players done so far with their ICS plan.
Acer. The Taiwan based company has already roll out the ICS update for Iconia Tab A200 in late February and continue with A100 and A500 later. So far, the company is kept their promise and we can’t wait for another Android 4.0 update from them this year.
Archos. This company might hasn’t play significant role in the tablet industry, but they are one the most consistent side to provide Android 4.0 update for their tablet lineup. The ICS for G9 should be available for download in the first quarter of this year and they kept their words. In addition, the ICS will also available for Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 on early March.
Asus. Well, this side is probably the fastest one when it comes to ICS. It is not surprising since most of their tablets are run on android 4.0 since the first day. Except for the original Transformer Prime, although it is recently receive the update on the early January. The company also manage to gain customers trust by reacting quickly when the ICS update for Prime is reported to contain bugs. A new OTA update soon released and problems are completely removed! Good job Asus.
HTC. The company promise that Android 4.0 will comes to Sensation, Sensation XE, and Sensation 4G by the end of March. Well, the update has already comes earlier for both Sensation and Sensation XE, but there’s still no sign on similar update for Sensation 4G. In addition, the company also has start to roll out the update for AT&T’s HTC Vivid. But that’s all.
We’ve got plenty of promise last year but only two of them comes true. The company is recently released it’s ICS update plan, but again, there’s no exact release date included.
Huawei. The Chinese side promised that there will be a new MediaPad tablet unit that feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box at Q1 2012. But so far, we’ve only seen nothing but the arrival of new Huawei Ascend D Quad and D1. There’s no news about new MediaPad or Springboard. Quite disappointing actually, considering the fact that there’s only few tablet PC that run on android ICS since first day. Lot of people put their hope on Huawei and they failed.
LG. The Korean side has already announce it’s official ICS update plan and none of them are scheduled to be available on the Q1 2012. Most of LG plan is expected to be initiated on the Q2 or Q3 of this year. So, we can’t say that they are failed already since they’re not breaking any promise, yet.
Lenovo. ThinkPad tablet is promised to receive Android 4.0 update on the second quarter of this year. So, there’s nothing we can do but sit and wait for their promise to come true.
Motorola. Motorola Droid RAZR, the flagship android handset from the Canadian company, was released on December last year. Lot of experts believe that it will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on early 2012. But both of us know that it didn’t happen after all. In contrast, the company decided to release Droid RAZR Maxx, the improved version of original RAZR with bigger battery pack! Fortunately, it’s not run on Android 4.0. So far, we haven’t seen any android 4.0 device or update from Motorola, so let’s hope that company will comes out with something interesting this year.
Notion Ink. Adam tablet is promised to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich on November 2011, which was sound ambitious. Off course the company has failed to kept their own words and still, the Adam tablet users stuck on the old Android Honeycomb with no direct access to Google Play store.
Samsung. As we mentioned earlier, the Korean Giant has release the Android 4.0 update for Galaxy S II. But that’s the only OS update that they manage to accomplish so far. The company has already made promise that Android ICS will come to Samsung Galaxy R, Skyrocket, and Galaxy Tab, but we haven’t seen that happen until now.
Sony. Same as LG and Lenovo, Sony made promise that all of it’s Xperia series handsets will taste the Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of March or mid-April. This is mean that they’re no technically break their promise. So far, the Japanese side has already release it’s first Android 4.0 handset called as Xperia Neo L. This could mean that they already finish to build the update for Xperia system. So we can expect them to comes out real soon.
Toshiba. Thrive tablet families are scheduled to receive Android 4.0 update by the end of spring this year. On the same time, the company is also plan to release new Excite 10 LE with Android 4.0 ICS. So, let’s just wait and see if they really kept their promise.
That’s all we can tell you right now folks. If you can’t wait to taste the official Ice Cream Sandwich in your handset, you can always try to port an Android custom ROM like MIUI or CyanogenMod. Some of them might still released as Beta ROM, but they’re more than ready for daily usage. Feel, free to use the comment box below to write anything that you want to say about this news. We’re always welcome any feed back from our loyal readers.