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 (read: didn't ship with Ice Cream Sandwich natively) 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.
Note: If your device is listed as "available" but you're still waiting for that update to come through, keep in mind that many firmware upgrades are rolled out slowly, over a period of several weeks.
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)
|Galaxy S II (unlocked, Canada, AT&T, T-Mo US)||Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T-Mo)|
|Galaxy S II LTE (unlocked, Canada)||Galaxy S II HD LTE (Canada)|
|Galaxy Note (unlocked, AT&T)||Captivate Glide (AT&T)|
|Nexus S 4G (Sprint)||Galaxy R|
|Nexus S (unlocked)||Galaxy Tab 10.1 (unlocked,T-Mo, VZW, Canada)|
|Select Canadian Galaxy devices (on limited rollout, continuing through end of Q2)||Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (unlocked, T-Mo, Canada)|
|Galaxy S II Skyrocket (AT&T)||Galaxy Tab 7.7 (VZW)|
|Epic 4G Touch (Sprint)||Galaxy Tab 8.9 (unlocked, AT&T, WiFi, Canada)|
|Galaxy S II X (Canada)|
|Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi (UK)|
|Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi (UK)|
|Galaxy Tab 7.7 (GT-P6800)|
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)
|Sensation||Thunderbolt (VZW; July-August)|
|Sensation XE||Rhyme (June-July)|
|Sensation 4G (T-Mobile, Bell, Virgin Canada)||Incredible 2 (VZW; by end of August)|
|Vivid (AT&T)||Desire S (June-July)|
|Velocity 4G (Australia)||
|Amaze 4G (T-Mobile)||Raider 4G (global)|
|Raider 4G (Rogers, Bell Canada)||EVO 4G+|
|EVO 3D (int'l, Rogers, Sprint, Virgin)|
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)
|Xperia Ray||Xperia go (aka Xperia advance, no date given)|
|Xperia arc S||Xperia P (end of June, after Xperia S)|
|Xperia neo V||Xperia U (Q3 2012)|
|Tablet S||Xperia ion (AT&T, no date given)|
|Tablet P||Xperia sola (no date given)|
|Xperia Live with Walkman|
|Xperia mini pro|
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)
|Xoom WiFi (USA)||Atrix 2 (AT&T, Asia-Pac, Latin America, other select markets - Q3 2012)|
|Droid RAZR (VZW)||Atrix 4G MB860 (AT&T - Q3 2012)|
|Droid RAZR Maxx (VZW)||Droid Bionic (VZW - Q3 2012)|
|RAZR (Asia-Pac, Canada, China, EMEA, Japan and Latin America - Q2 2012)|
|Droid 4 (VZW - Q3)|
|Xoom WiFi only (Asia-Pac, Canada, China, EMEA, Japan and Latin America - Q2)|
|Xoom WiFi + 3G MZ600 (USA - Q2)|
|Xoom Family Edition (USA - Q3)|
|Xoom 2 / Xoom 2 Media Edition (Asia-Pac, Latin America, EMEA - Q3)|
|Xyboard 8.2 / Xyboard 10.1 (VZW - early Q3)|
|Photon 4G (Sprint - Q4 2012)|
|MT917 (China - Q2 2012)|
|XT928 (China - Q2 2012)|
|Xoom (VZW, coming June 4th)|
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)
|Optimus LTE (Korea)||
|Prada by LG 3.0 (Germany, Italy)||Optimus Sol|
|Nitro HD (AT&T)||Prada by LG 3.0 (outside of Germany and Italy)|
|Optimus Vu (rolling out June 4th)|
|Optimus LTE Tag (rolling out June 4th)|
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)
|ASUS Transformer TF101||Pantech Burst|
|ASUS Transformer Prime TF201||Pantech Element|
|ASUS Eee Pad Slider||Panasonic Eluga|
|Huawei MediaPad 7||Notion Ink Adam|
|Huawei Honor (demo firmware)||Toshiba Thrive 7|
|Acer Iconia Tab A100|
|Acer Iconia Tab A200|
|Acer Iconia Tab A500|
|Toshiba Excite 10 LE|
|Toshiba Thrive 10|