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 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. Sony has pushed ahead, now offering the most legacy devices with Android 4.0.
(Last updated: 8/6/2012)
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. HTC has also specified that devices with 512MB ROM or less will -- in general -- not be upgraded to ICS. This includes the ChaCha, Salsa, Wildfire S, Explorer, Flyer, EVO View 4G and Jetstream.
(Last updated: 8/6/2012)
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 (Update: Sony just announced that the Xperia Play won't get ICS after all), 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.
(Last updated: 6/21/2012)
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. Update: Motorola updated its site not too long after we posted our list. New devices and times are listed below. (Thanks, John)
(Last updated: 6/30/2012)
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.
(Last updated: 7/31/2012)
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.
(Last updated: 8/7/2012)