LG and Sony provide updates as to when their Android handsets will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade via their Facebook pages.
Facebook is becoming a popular venue for Android OEMs to
announce upgrades to Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating
LG and Sony Ericsson both announced via the world's most popular
social network timelines for when their
Android smartphones will get the bump to ICS.
ICS, which appeared first on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus in
the U.K., borrows some of the holographic user interface characteristics from
the Honeycomb tablet
operating system. Verizon is expected to launch its own Galaxy Nexus
in the United States Dec. 8 in time
for the holiday sales season.
LG said that it will make ICS available for such high-end
LG smartphones as the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black, the Optimus 3D and the
Optimus LTE, none of which are available in the U.S. However, as GigaOm noted
, the Optimus 2X is sold in the U.S. as T-Mobile's G2X.
No word yet on whether handsets such as Verizon Wireless' LG Revolution, which is certainly a
high-end smartphone currently running Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" will
be added to that mix.
"We are also continuing to evaluate the ICS OS to
determine whether it is compatible with the functionality, features and
performance of other LG smartphones to make the ICS OS available on as many LG
smartphones as possible," said on its LG Mobile Global Facebook page Nov. 28.
LG said it post its ICS upgrade schedule and additional
specific models for the upgrade on its LG Mobile Global Facebook page and on its
local LG Websites.
A Sony marketing executive in Italy meanwhile
pre-announced that the company's Xperia Android line would get the ICS upgrade.
Responding on Sony Ericsson Italy's Facebook page
to a question about potential
updates, Sony's Maurizio De Palma said that the Xperia line of phones should
see ICS in March.
That report comes one month after the Dutch division of Sony
Ericsson said via Facebook that Xperia phones will get Ice Cream
What these reports highlight is that the race to upgrade phones to
ICS is well underway. Major Android upgrades have long been a source of
contention for consumers who feel they wait too long for phone makers
and carriers to support new platform versions.
For example, Samsung's first Galaxy line took a notoriously long
time to get the Android 2.2 "Froyo" bump in 2011. HTC has been among
the quicker OEMs to ensure its Android phones received timely upgrades.