We are just hours away from the grand unveil of Google’s upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 software, the next version of the company mobile operating system and the follow up to Honeycomb and Froyo. The big question that many consumers are asking though is – ‘will my Android handset be due for an upgrade?’
The one handset that is guaranteed to be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich is the Galaxy Nexus of course, which will be Google and Samsung’s new flagship handset that will come with the new software pre-loaded.
Another device that is fairly certain to get the update, is the Motorola Xoom tablet. Don’t forget that this tablet is one of Google’s developer tablets and the fact that the Xoom was the very first device to receive Google’s Honeycomb update before any other devices. Then of course, Google has just bought Motorola Mobility so you can bet that any future devices from Motorola will also be first in line to receive updates to Ice Cream Sandwich, which leads us nicely on to other smartphone candidates.
Motorola will be unveiling their next big smartphone sometime this week, rumored to be called the Motorola RAZR or Spyder. We think that this device is almost certain to get an update to ICS if it doesn’t already come pre-loaded, but what about the seemingly forgotten about Motorola Droid Bionic? The 4G LTE capable device came equipped with Gingerbread of course and it’s still a fairly new handset in some consumers eyes. Put it this way, if the Droid Bionic doesn’t receive an update to Gingerbread, there is going to be a huge backlash considering the amount of launch delays that consumers had to endure.
Other handsets that are safe bets for an ICS upgrade may also include handsets such as the HTC Sensation, the upcoming Vigor, perhaps the LG Revolution 2 and almost certainly, although maybe not for a good while – the Samsung Galaxy S II.
How confident are you that your current Android handset will get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich? Perhaps you’ll be straight out to buy the Galaxy Nexus at launch so this is pretty irrelevant, but for those that are happy with their handsets at the moment – it’s a case of here we go again.
UPDATE: The newly announced Motorola Droid RAZR has just been confirmed to be getting an update to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in early 2012.