It’s mid-May — do you know where your Ice Cream Sandwich update is? Six months after Android 4.0 made its debut on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, millions of owners of legacy Android devices are still anxiously awaiting the day the new firmware gets downloaded on their own electronic real estate. At least the scene today is much more pleasant than it was just a few months ago, as ICS is finally rolling out to several popular devices. But if you’re shopping for a phone or tablet, how can you possibly keep track of which device has what version?
Amidst the confusion, we’ve put together a handy list of the legacy devices that have already been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as the ones that are promised an upgrade at a future date. Of course, many phones and tablets have ICS ROMs, leaked builds and other unofficial versions of the new firmware available, but we’ll only discuss official downloads here. We plan to amend the list as the update rolls out to more devices, so be sure to check back from time to time. Head past the break to see how much of a reach Ice Cream Sandwich has.
Samsung’s tackling the next version of TouchWiz in a major way, already rolling Ice Cream Sandwich out to a number of unlocked devices — the Galaxy S II being the most significant. And there’s plenty more coming: as we’ve come to expect, updates to branded devices tend to stall in carrier-specific testing, and Galaxy Tab users outside of Canada are still waiting for their turn to get ICS. Still, Sammy’s done the best job so far in pushing Android 4.0 out to its customer base.
|Galaxy S II (unlocked, Canada)||Galaxy S II (AT&T, T-Mo, Sprint)|
|Galaxy S II LTE (unlocked, Canada)||Galaxy Note (AT&T)|
|Galaxy S II X (Canada)||Galaxy S II Skyrocket (AT&T)|
|Galaxy Note (unlocked, Canada)||Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T-Mo)|
|Nexus S (unlocked)||Captivate Glide (AT&T)|
|Nexus S 4G (Sprint)||Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (unlocked, T-Mo, WiFi)|
|Galaxy Tab 7.0 (Canada)||Galaxy Tab 7.7 (unlocked, VZW)|
|Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (Canada)||Galaxy Tab 8.9 (unlocked, AT&T, WiFi)|
|Galaxy Tab 8.9 (Canada)||Galaxy Tab 10.1 (unlocked,T-Mo, VZW, WiFi)|
|Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Canada)||Galaxy R|
|Galaxy S II HD LTE (Canada)|
HTC is making waves by offering two different versions of Sense on Ice Cream Sandwich: a beefed-up version (Sense 4) for phones natively supporting ICS, and another for legacy devices. If you own one of the devices listed below, you’ll be blessed with Sense 3.6, the “lighter” iteration that stays true to the UI’s older look.
|Sensation||Amaze 4G (T-Mobile)|
|Sensation XE||EVO 3D (Sprint, Virgin Mobile)|
|Sensation 4G (T-Mobile)||Rezound (VZW)|
|Vivid (AT&T)||Desire S|
|Velocity 4G (Australia)||Desire HD|
|EVO Design 4G (Sprint, Boost)|
|Incredible S / Incredible 2 (unlocked, VZW)|
It took Sony a while, but the ICS ball is finally rolling. The company plans to push Android 4.0 to its entire 2011 Xperia smartphone lineup, and we’ve witnessed the refresh go out to three phones and a tablet, with plenty more following in the near future. Sony has a forum post that goes into excruciating detail as to which models (and which sales IDs of each model) already have been upgraded.
|Xperia Ray||Xperia S|
|Xperia arc S||Xperia arc|
|Xperia neo V||Xperia Play|
|Tablet S||Xperia neo|
|Xperia mini pro|
|Xperia ion (AT&T)|
|Live with Walkman|
Motorola has set up a page on its forums that details the progress for each device. Note that a large number of phones and tablets not on our list are still in “evaluation and planning” stages, which means they are under consideration for receiving ICS, but not all of them will make the cut. The devices we’ve listed below have been specifically promised an upgrade.
|Xoom WiFi (USA)||Atrix 2 (AT&T)|
|Atrix 4G (AT&T)|
|Droid Bionic (VZW)|
|Droid RAZR (VZW)|
|Droid RAZR Maxx (VZW)|
|Droid 4 (VZW)|
|Xoom (WiFi global, Family Edition USA)|
|Xoom 2 / Xoom 2 Media Edition (unlocked)|
|Xyboard 8.2 / Xyboard 10.1 (VZW)|
Unlike its Korean rival, LG has been taking its sweet time readying Ice Cream Sandwich for its legacy devices. As you can see below, we know the company’s cooking something up for most of its latest handsets, but only a few phones are slated for an update before the end of June, with the remainder taking the back seat until the third quarter of this year.
|No legacy devices updated yet||Optimus LTE|
|Prada by LG 3.0|
|Nitro HD (AT&T)|
If your device isn’t made by one of the above manufacturers, take a look below. There are plenty of other phones and tablets that will benefit from an update to ICS, and this section is as good a place as any to make sure they’re all included. One company notably absent from the list is ZTE. We still haven’t heard a peep about its plans, if they exist, for upgrading legacy devices.
|ASUS Transformer TF101||Pantech Burst|
|ASUS Transformer Prime TF201||Pantech Element|
|ASUS Eee Pad Slider||Meizu MX|
|Huawei MediaPad 7||Meizu M9|
|Huawei Honor (demo firmware)||Notion Ink Adam|
|Acer Iconia Tab A100||Toshiba Thrive 7|
|Acer Iconia Tab A200||Toshiba Thrive 10|
|Acer Iconia Tab A500||Panasonic Eluga|
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