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Long wait for Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted on September 11, 2012, by

Many Android users are still waiting for an upgrade to the newer Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Latest version distribution figures show that Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) has made a considerable leap in the last two months but it still only captures 15.9 percent of the market.

Ice Cream Sandwich is not even the newest version of the Android OS. Jelly Bean was released in June. Although it’s only a small update, it is already available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 Tablet.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now in second place, surpassing Froyo (2.2) but still behind Gingerbread (2.3) which covers 60% of the market.

Although the specifications for ICS should theoretically allow it to run on most devices that had Gingerbread, the majority of users are still waiting or have been told that their handset will not receive the update.

Despite having issued the OS update over a year ago, Google has no control over which devices receive it. Most handset manufacturers have their own spin on how Android should look and feel, and porting ‘Touchwiz’, ‘Sense’ or ‘Motoblur’ to handsets that should technically be able to run ‘vanilla’ Android is no mean feat. Given the added software processes that these vendor front ends often include, many phones that ran 2.3 comfortably are likely struggling with ICS.

Some manufacturers, such as HTC, have given users the option to install custom ROMs themselves – using an official bootloader – but this isn’t something the average user would understand or be willing to learn. Furthermore, if your handset’s manufacturer doesn’t offer a similar option, attempting to install the new OS via a custom ROM could void your phone’s warranty.

Although the ICS adoption numbers don’t seem very high at present, it’s worth remembering that most mobile contracts are now 24 months. This is likely to cause a fair amount of overhang as customers wait for their next hardware upgrade. Add to this the fact that the leap from ICS to Jelly Bean should be considerably smaller and simpler than the transition from Gingerbread, and the numbers in six months to a year should look quite different.

(SourceEl Reg)

Epicentre Says“With the high sales of the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the HTC One X, Ice Cream Sandwich’s wedge will likely increase. Here at Epicentre we regularly update our range of Android phones and tablets to ensure that we can support compatibility testing requirements for any version of the OS.” Three other people are shown in pro-essay-writer.com shock and agony

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