Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was unveiled a week ago, and since then device makers have starting talking about when current smartphones are going to be getting upgrades. The latest of these is Motorola, who promises that two smartphones and a tablet will be moving up.
The release date for the first model running OS 4.0 — the Samsung Galaxy Nexus — has not yet been set because Google is still putting the finishing touches on the operating system. That also makes it hard for comanies working on upgrades to be able to say exactly when they willl be available.
The official @Motorola Twitter feed tried to make the timetable as definite as possible by saying, “We’ll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.”
When pressed to reveal the names of the models that will be recieving upgrades, the company said, “DROID RAZR, BIONIC & XOOM will get ICS. Within 6 weeks of Google’s public push, we’ll confirm other devices to get ICS.” This makes it clear that these three probably won’t be the only Motorola products getting upgrades, these are just the ones it is ready to commit to at this point.
After this article was published, Motorola sent Brighthand an email that said, “We’ve communicated that we are planning to upgrade DROID RAZR (as well as Motorola RAZR, DROID BIONIC, and Motorola XOOM) to Ice Cream Sandwich, and will provide more precise guidance on timing within 6 weeks post public push of ICS by Google.”
More About Android OS 4.0 ICS
Google main goal with most recent version of its mobile operating system is to unite Android OS 2.z, which was designed for smartphones, with Android OS 3.x, which was specifically for tablets. The new version brings in elements from both.
For example, smartphones designed to run Android ICS will no longer have the Menu, Home, Back, and Search buttons on their front. These have been made part of the software’s user interface. Current device getting upgrades will have both physical and on-screen versions.
Virtualy of the bundled apps have been improved as well, and new features have been added, such as Face Lock, which can unlock a device using a front-facing camera.