The latest Android version known as Android 4.0 or Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is now available in the market and other Android-based devices are now ready for an upgrade.
Android ICS has been receiving a lot of positive reviews due to its new features and upgraded design. The hype surrounding Android ICS could be compared with the launch of Froyo. The previous version, Android Honeycomb was not met with this kind of response because there were a lot of issues regarding this version. Through the release of Android ICS, it seems like most of these issues were already addressed and resolved.
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus would be the first smartphone that would have Android ICS as its OS. Despite that, upgrades to Android ICS would be possible for other Android-based devices. Users need to check if their mobile phones would be included in the upgrade.
Here is an updated list of devices that could avail of Android 4.0 or Android ICS:
Asus confirmed that the all Eee Pad series including Asus EE Pad Slider and Asus Eee Pad Transformer will have an OS update but the official date for updates was not announced. On the other hand, its Asus Transformer Prime will have Android 3.2 upon its release but updates for Android ICS will be available "as soon as the code has been optimized, tested, and approved."
According to a Polish tech blog, Acer's Iconia Tab models will get an ICS upgrade by January, 2012. These models include Acer Iconia Tab A100, A101, A500, and A501. No announcement has been made by Acer in the U.S.
HTC has announced that most of their models would definitely receive an upgrade by early next year. HTC devices that are included in the upgrade are Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Rezound, Sensation, Sensation XE, Sensation XL, and Vivid.
LG has announced through their Facebook page that they will upgrade the company's Android-based smartphones which includes Optimus 2X, Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, and the Optimus LTE. So far, the upgrade announcement is effective for International models. No announcement has been made for its U.S. smartphone models.
The company announced that their Meizu M9 and Meizu MX model will have an upgrade to Android ICS "soon". No exact date has been confirmed.
For Motorola, the company's Droid Razr and Razr will receive an Android 4.0 upgrade by next year. Other models including Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom Family Edition, and Motorola Xoom 2 will all get upgrades but the exact date for this is still unconfirmed.
Notion Ink Tablet will get an upgrade for Android ICS as announced last September.
As for Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and Samsung Nexus S will receive an OS upgrade to Android ICS. Samsung has not announced the exact date for the said upgrade.
According to the firm, all of Xperia-branded Android smartphones will have an upgrade to Android ICS. This means that the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia Play, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, and Xperia ray will all run with Android 4.0.
To view the full list of all the devices getting an Android ICS upgrade, click here.