ICS Roll Out has not lived up to expectations
It has been over 3 months since the arrival of the Galaxy Nexus at Verizon with Ice Cream Sandwich. Here in the US, we expected to see ICS made available to smart phones after 30 days. This was expected so that smart phone owners whose phones could support Android 4.0 would start to see the great features available to them in a OTA update starting in February. It would appear there are problems with manufacturers and wireless carriers in getting the latest OS version from Google out to the public.
Promises have been followed by delays in a number of cases and the actual number of phones to receive the latest update is low. This is especially problematic if you look to the future with rumors of “Jelly Bean”, the next OS from Google coming out in the 3rd quarter. That is going to definitely add to the fragmentation which is an ongoing topic because of problems getting smart phones upgraded to the latest OS. It sure looks like fragementation for Android continues to be getting worse.
We are now getting a good list of where things are at and ComputerWorld has come out with a report card on how all the manufacturers are going. The article is a very good read and here is a summary of the grades given:
- Acer: Grade-A
- Archos: Grade-A
- Asus: Grade-A
- HTC: Grade-B-
- Huawei: Grade-F
- LG: Grade-Incomplete
- Lenevo: Grade-Incomplete
- Motorola: Grade-D
- Notion Ink: Grade-F
- Samsung: Grade-C-
- Sony: Grade-Incomplete
- Toshiba: Grade-Incomplete
- Google —–> Grade:C
Over all, the number of Incompletes is not good. Even Google’s grade of C is not good and reflects the problems which are being seen. Google is not saying much about the roll out delays. Samsung’s grade of C- is a concern and reflects the lack of roll out for the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note. For the market presence that they have, it is a surprise the roll out has not gone more smoothly. The silence from Samsung is a concern, especially with a rumored Galaxy S3 device supposedly showing up in June or July.
There is a list of smart phones who either have or are supposed to be getting the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich, which is being maintained by JR Raphael at ComputerWorld and you can look at your specific device to see when it might be getting Android 4.0 released for install. There have been an awful lot of promises about the roll out and the realities are definitely not living up to the promises.
We can hope that “Jelly Bean” does not have the same roll out problems we are seeing for Ice Cream Sandwich.