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Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Upgrade Schedule
« on: March 03, 2012, 02:32:55 AM »
Manufacturers are Slow to Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich

Tablet PC manufacturers are slowly disseminating the latest Android upgrade to their products.  Some authors at other web sites are wrongly assuming that the slowness to adopt the newest Android version is due to poor design by Google.  The truth is that this new version has so many API changes, and new APIs, that it is taking the manufacturers more time to adapt the operating system to their devices.

Each tablet device has unique hardware and UI customizations that must be incorporated into each new version of Android that is released by Google.  When Google releases a new version of Android, manufacturers need time to apply the modifications, test them, do a test release, receive feedback, make further modifications, do another test release, etc, etc.  Hopefully, for our sake, the manufacturers have done a good job in testing and applying fixes before the release makes it to our tablets.

Some manufacturers have more modifications to make than others.  Motorola, for example, released a fairly vanilla version of Android to their devices, which shortens the cycle.  Samsung, on the other hand, not only has their TouchWiz UI, which operates as a layer over Android, but they also have several fairly different models to develop and test for.

In addition, the speed in which Google is releasing new versions of Android is adding a significant strain on the development teams of each manufacturer.  While Android 4.0 is still being finalized and tested, Android 5.0 is right around the corner, so I'm sure that each manufacturer has their OS development teams divided into groups to support legacy Android versions, Android versions currently being released, and future versions.  There is a product development management nightmare all by itself.

Here is what we know so far about when ICS will be released for the various tablets:
ICS Release Schedule

Motorola Xoom WiFiNow
Motorola Xoom FamilyJune, 2012
Motorola Xoom 3G/4G LTEJune, 2012
Motorola XyboardQ3, 2012
ASUS Transformer PrimeNow
ASUS TransformerFeb 24, 2012
Acer Iconia A200Now
Acer Iconia A100 and A500April, 2012
Samsung TabletsApril - Dec, 2012
Lenovo ThinkPadMay, 2012
Sony TabletsSpring, 2012
Toshiba Thrive"End of Spring", 2012
Sony SApril, 2012
« Last Edit: June 07, 2012, 05:42:15 PM by Tablet PC Pro »
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