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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:10

Android 4.0 update is a joke

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Taking forever


If we were to single out just one single aspect of Apple's mobile strategy, the focal point in which it will continue to dominate the mobile market in 2012, it would have to be the update scheme.

Google announced ICS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months back, and so far it has managed to ship a single device with this new OS, the Galaxy Nexus. The second device to get an ICS 4.0 update was the old Google Nexus S, but OTA updates for the Nexus have been suspended due to technical issues. There is still no third device with ICS on board and we won’t see any for at least a few weeks.

Companies are now announcing their own ICS upgrade schedules. LG says that their top devices get ICS in Q2 2012 (April 1 to June 30), while others will have to wait a few more months. Sony Ericsson should have ICS around Q2, if not earlier. Motorola and Samsung are reportedly scheduled to start updating their devices in Q1, but the process will inevitably drag on well into Q2. Worse, Samsung won’t roll out an ICS update for the Galaxy S, which sold in record numbers last year and it’s still a pretty nice phone with an affordable price tag.

In best case scenario, we might see some Android 2.3 to 4.0 update in Q1 but the best chance is to see some new phones launching with Ice Cream Sandwich at the Mobile World Conference, in Barcelona in last days of February. 

Apple has IOS 5 in all of its phones capable of supporting the new OS for months now and at least the top two iPhones today, if not the top three, will get an update to the next version, guaranteed. Microsoft is also doing a pretty good job in the update department with Mango.

By the time LG and Samsung roll out updates for the Optimus 2X, the world’s first dual-core phone and the best selling Samsung Galaxy 2 phones, Optimus 3 should be launching as well as Samsung Galaxy S III. In some countries, LG rolled Android 2.3 just a month ago and by that time, Google already announced and showed Android 4.0.

Thank God for Cyanogen or MUIU rom communities that work hard on their own unofficial releases of Ice Cream Sandwich roms. There seem to be the only hope for millions of Android users. Google needs to get its act together when it comes to updates. As for tablets, still no word on ICS update schedules, but we will probably see some companies showing ICS tablets at CES 2012.

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+5 #1 Syferz 2011-12-27 13:42
No mention of HTC phones, ICS Sensation update should arrive this next month. The real issue is the carriers/venders, Google has little to do with the updates after they are released, Samsung could put it on all their dual cores at the same time as HTC, but they simply are not willing to drop touchwiz and haven't figured out how it can play nice with ICS yet.

iOS is a very closed in system, of course Apple can push their updates to all their phones, with limited functionality on all but the newest phones. If Samsung or LG had to update to iOS 5, I am positive it would be very similarly delayed across many of their phones as well.
 
 
+5 #2 Exodite 2011-12-27 13:51
The author's inability to understand the QA and carrier/environment testing required by the companies producing smartphones is staggering.

Especially considering that there's been articles explaining the actual requirements by at least two companies, SE and Motorola, already.

Still, nice trolling I suppose.
 
 
+2 #3 bbo320 2011-12-27 15:08
My Droid X has had a couple of updates since I pre-ordered it. All I see after an update is a bunch of extra icons that I don't use :)
 
 
+3 #4 The_Countess 2011-12-27 15:10
what's with the beef?
if you are savvy enough to care about a update of your phone to ICS, you'll be savvy enough to find yourself a custom rom and install it.

try doing that with windows mobile of IOS.
 
 
+3 #5 123s 2011-12-27 16:33
Well, here the positive thing that Android works on so many different devices turns into a negative. Its not like its needed that bad too, personally I can wait, my Galaxy S2 works fine with 2.33 already.
 
 
+1 #6 valhar2000 2011-12-27 17:11
[quote name="Exodite"]The author's inability to understand the QA and carrier/environment testing required by the companies producing smartphones is staggering.quote]

Does the authoer misunderstand this, or does he (correctly) surmise that such problems are the concern of the phone manufacturers, and not the end users?
 
 
-2 #7 trancer23 2011-12-27 18:31
HTC UK has already officially announced its upgrades :

http://www.facebook.com/notes/htc-uk/ice-cream-sandwich-android-40-updates-for-htc-handsets/300698153293006

:-)
 
 
0 #8 fudo 2011-12-27 19:00
Any of you got ICS for any other than Google phones? Exotide, you maybe ;)

Honeycomb adoptance rate is below 1 percent today some nine+ months after launch.

Apple got updates much better, that is the whole point of the story, even Microsoft got updates taken care MUCH better.
 
 
+1 #9 Jurassic1024 2011-12-27 19:38
Quoting Exodite:
The author's inability to understand the QA and carrier/environment testing required by the companies producing smartphones is staggering.

Especially considering that there's been articles explaining the actual requirements by at least two companies, SE and Motorola, already.

Still, nice trolling I suppose.



Fools. I bet if Windows updates were as fragmented as Android Updates, you'd be on Microsoft's ass like flies on shit. Thank god you guys aren't in charge... thank god.
 
 
+1 #10 Jurassic1024 2011-12-27 19:40
Quoting fudo:
Any of you got ICS for any other than Google phones? Exotide, you maybe ;)

Honeycomb adoptance rate is below 1 percent today some nine+ months after launch.

Apple got updates much better, that is the whole point of the story, even Microsoft got updates taken care MUCH better.



Hahah @ comparing a single model device (each gen of iPhone) to ALL the different Android devices out there. You people are fools
 

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