Slow roll out of Android 4.0 continues.
It has been a very slow roll out for Ice Cream Sandwich, even though it was first seen here in the US with the Galaxy Nexus at Verizon. Ever since then, many have desired to have access to Android 4.0. And the wait seems to be growing here in the US, while other countries are seeing the upgrade far sooner. As an example, the Galaxy Note ICS update is rolling out around the world, but there has been no official announcement for here in the US. We are now starting to see information pertaining to phones at T-Mobile which are going to be getting ICS. This has appeared at Samsung’s Android 4.0 FAQ page and is good news for the 2 smart phones listed for T-Mobile.
The Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Blaze are listed as getting it along with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 10.1. This is great news, but there is a problem with this announcement, which is indicative of the problems with ICS. There are no dates being stated or specified by either Samsung or T-Mobile. So, some time in the future we can expect to see Android 4.0 roll out for the very popular Galaxy S II. This is not exactly what everyone has been hoping for. It would have been great to hear that T-Mobile would be rolling it out by the end of June.
The best guess is that Samsung has completed all the necessary changes to the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II and has turned over the version of ICS for that smart phone. If that assumption is correct, then T-Mobile now has to work with the phone to add in all their changes and then test everything to make sure that it works correctly. More than likely, it will be more than a month before we hear anything about it rolling out to T-Mobile owners of the Galaxy S II phones. Has Samsung put the pressure on T-Mobile by making this announcement?
The whole situation around Android fragmentation is not moving forward the way that it should to get all eligible phones upgraded to ICS. Given that the percentage of Android devices on ICS is less than 5% as of the beginning of the month, it does not look like it is going to be changing as much as hoped. The next report at the beginning of June is unlikely to be above the desired 10% mark which will fuel the rising speculation about the fragmentation of the OS.
We now have a list of US Galaxy mobile devices which are going to be getting ICS, but no firm dates as to when that is going to happen at any of the major wireless providers. Everything remains vague and in that vagueness, rumors and speculation are going to fill in.