We know waiting around for a new Android update can be frustrating - maddening, even - especially when it’s as tasty as the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version.
Fortunately, most of the major Android manufacturers have already announced plans to bring the delicious OS refresh to an array of existing and upcoming devices.
To save you the trouble of sifting through pages and pages of information to find out when your kit is in line for some update love, here we’ve compiled those that phone-makers have officially confirmed.
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Samsung has done a fairly admirable job in updating its devices, albeit sometimes not quite as promptly as owners would like. The good news is that the following Samsung devices are in line for an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the first quarter of 2012.
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Samsung Galaxy Note
These have been confirmed but do not have an ETA yet:
- Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE
- Samsung Galaxy R
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
- Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus
“Samsung Electronics plan to provide the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy devices. The platform update for Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other Galaxy devices will soon follow.
“The ICS-upgradable devices are the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.”
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
13/03/12: Samsung has officially announced that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is currently being rolled out across Europe and other countries. UK customers are due to receive the update starting March 19th.
HTC had something of an online riot in its hands from fans over the update debacle with the Gingerbread iteration of Android.
Although it’s keeping mum about plans for many older devices, it has confirmed an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich for the following handsets in early 2012. No specific dates have been revealed yet.
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Rezound*
- HTC EVO 3D Deisgn 4G*
- HTC Amaze 4G*
“Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners.“
10/02/12: HTC has officially confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich will land on unlocked versions of the Sensation and the Sensation XE by the end of March, "followed soon" by the Sensation XL. Release schedule for the EVO 3D, Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD will be revealed in the "coming weeks".
14/03/12: HTC has revealed a list of smartphones due for an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich very soon.
Sony Ericsson was one of the first Android OEMs to break cover, and rather bullishly, confirmed plans to update all the smartphones released under the Xperia banner in 2011.
The following smartphones will begin the update cycle from the end of March to early April.
- Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S
- Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
- Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
These will be updated from April’s end to early May:
- Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
- Sony Ericsson Xperia meo
- Sony Ericsson Xperia mini
- Sony Ericsson Xperia pro
- Sony Ericsson Xperia active
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
Ice Cream Sandwich will also be coming to these Sony tablets in spring:
- Sony Tablet S
- Sony Tablet P
“We’re happy to confirm that the first 2011 Xperia smartphones will be upgraded to Android 4.0 starting from end March/early April 2012. The first smartphones to get the upgrade are Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray.
“Soon after, starting from end April/early May, Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini and Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will get their upgrades.”
Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog
While LG hasn’t had the most illustrious record in updating its devices to the latest OS release, it is trying to change its ways and has confirmed ICS will be rolled out to the following kits during Q2.
- LG Optimus LTE*
- Prada phone by LG 3.0
- LG Optimus 2X
- LG Optimus Sol
- LG my Touch Q
- LG Eclipse
These will be updated in the third quarter:
- LG Optimus 3D
- LG Optimus Black
- LG Optimus Big
- LG Optimus Q2
- LG Optimus EX
“LG will be offering the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS upgrade for a range of LG smart-phones which were introduced this year. The global upgrade schedule will begin in the second and third quarters of 2012, which will be followed by a global roll out.
“During the second quarter of 2012 upgrades will begin 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. These upgrades will be followed by upgrades for the following smartphone models during 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.”
Google’s acquisition of Motorola hasn’t necessarily meant it gets first dibs on the latest Android updates. The new Razr, for example, launched without ICS. However, Moto has promised it is working hard to bring ICS to the handsets and tablets listed as follows very soon.
- Motorola Razr
- Motorola Droid Razr*
- Motorola Xoom (this is being rolled out as of mid-January)
- Motorola Droid Bionic*
“We are planning to upgrade Droid Razr by Motorola, Motorola Razr, Motorola Xoom and Droid Bionic by Motorola to Ice Cream Sandwich. We will provide more precise guidance on timing after post-public push of Ice Cream Sandwich by Google, as well as any possible additions to this list of devices.”
Source: Motorola Forums