Google Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Still Faces Sticky Upgrade Problem
News Analysis: Samsung introduced its new Galaxy Nexus smartphone with Google's latest Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system with much fanfare. Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to be a unifying platform for Android. But this identity may be obscured by the dense universe of Android versions and devices out in the wild.Google announced its latest version of the Android mobile operating system in Hong Kong this week, and in the process might have left more questions than answers. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which runs the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system, will have new features such as the ability to unlock itself by looking at its owner, take panoramic photos and provide Google+ access in the same way as Gmail is built into current Android devices. But perhaps more important is that this new OS is designed to bring the two disparate segments of the Android universe into one platform. Currently, phones run Android 2.x as do some tablets. Other tablets run Android 3.x (Honeycomb). Ice Cream Sandwich is aimed at supporting both types of devices.
Right now, ICS only runs on the Galaxy Nexus, but Motorola reports that its just-released Droid RAZR will get an upgrade to Android 4 in a month or two. Or maybe longer. With Android updates, nothing is ever certain until it happens. Sometimes an update clearly will never happen. Honeycomb, for example, will never come to phones because it's designed for tablets.