Ice Cream Sandwich Update To Roll Out “A Couple Of Weeks” After Galaxy Nexus Release

On the heels of reports that Google would bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the Nexus S and likely to other Android 2.3 devices comes a rough timeframe for when we can expect the first rollouts to begin. Nexus S owners are likely to see the update first as a straight Google device as it won’t be subject to carrier or other manufacturer slowdowns.

Speaking at the AsiaD Conference, Google Android Chief Andy Rubin stated that Ice Cream Sandwich is on schedule to roll out “a couple of week after” the Galaxy Nexus arrives in the marketplace. That likely means the first non Galaxy Nexus devices could start seeing the ICS update hit before years end. Rubin wouldn’t specify which tablets or smartphones would receive the update or how fast but we’ll keep our fingers crossed that every current Android 2.3 device receives the update.

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  • Olearytd12

    They always say “a couple of weeks” and it actually turns out to be 4-6 months minimum.

    • Anonymous

      Thays the carriers/manufacturers – not Google. Try harder.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but it’s the carriers/OEMs who actually update the phones, not Google. So it doesn’t matter what Google says at this point, carriers will still drag it out for several months. Try harderer.

        • Hendowg

          Hope it work for hd2….word …if not go get that samum galaxy s3 word that what I’m talking about….u heard…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      Yea, its not Google fault consumers wait for updates that’s the carriers fault. Google makes the updates readily available for us but the carriers sit on them forcing us to buy newer phones. Don’t blame Google for something that isn’t their fault blame TMO/Sprint/Verizon/AT&T

      • Guest

        I second Chad!  Although google could/should be a bit more proactive in strong arming manufactures to update their software.  In an attempt to please and appease its loyal followers.

        BUT no doubt the blame for the holdouts lay on carriers and manufactures.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

          Yea i thought Google was starting that Android Alliance committee or something along those terms which was an agreement for carriers/manufacturers to agree to update devices in “reasonable” time periods and put a stop to fragmentation. I forget the whole actual story but I remember they mention something like this at one of their keynotes earlier this year.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

          Yea i thought Google was starting that Android Alliance committee or something along those terms which was an agreement for carriers/manufacturers to agree to update devices in “reasonable” time periods and put a stop to fragmentation. I forget the whole actual story but I remember they mention something like this at one of their keynotes earlier this year.

  • Olearytd12

    They always say “a couple of weeks” and it actually turns out to be 4-6 months minimum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    so basically every 2.2 model and below, those who have not seen any Gingerbread love are basically dead in the water for ICS? sweet, thanks for lying Google: One OS to rule them all my a$$

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      Well I’m guessing depending on what phone you have the internals may not be able to handle ICS correctly probably would make it buggy, sounds like its time to upgrade sir

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      Well I’m guessing depending on what phone you have the internals may not be able to handle ICS correctly probably would make it buggy, sounds like its time to upgrade sir

    • Anonymous

      Where do you live? The waaahmbulance is on its way.

    • Guest

      How is this Google’s lying? The “Pure Google” phone (Nexus S) is getting ICS. If you went and bought a 3rd party phone where the manufacturer took Android and modified it to their whims and now refuses to update to the latest Android release… well, you should talk to that hardware manufacturer…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

    That’s awesome my Nexus S getting ICS before years end! This brings up something interesting though b/c I plan on buying a new phone late this year or early next year. If Tmo’s GSII gets ICS i’ll be up in the air between the Galaxy Nexus and the GSII, or I may possibly wait on some Galaxy Note news.

  • ODeonarine

    I won’t hold my breath…Heard this one before…

  • BUA

    This phone is the climax of Android. nothing else is better. windows phone 7 is death.Apple will be catching up for long time. I love the UI, the crazy fast full of features camera. That beam feature almost gave me a heart attack. the lock screen is great i loved it on honeycomb. the face unlocker out of this world!!! everything seems so smooth. the web browser is amazing. TO all of those who are saying that mine is better, downgrade blah blah blah crap. go cry to your pillow  is not my fault  you already spent all your money  on whatever phone u did and now you feel outdated. If you love your galaxy s 2 or iPhone , blackberry …. why bother coming here and comment on it. I am because i love it and i will be buying it!!!!

  • BUA

    This phone is the climax of Android. nothing else is better. windows phone 7 is death.Apple will be catching up for long time. I love the UI, the crazy fast full of features camera. That beam feature almost gave me a heart attack. the lock screen is great i loved it on honeycomb. the face unlocker out of this world!!! everything seems so smooth. the web browser is amazing. TO all of those who are saying that mine is better, downgrade blah blah blah crap. go cry to your pillow  is not my fault  you already spent all your money  on whatever phone u did and now you feel outdated. If you love your galaxy s 2 or iPhone , blackberry …. why bother coming here and comment on it. I am because i love it and i will be buying it!!!!

  • Sakmaniac

    Well, hopefully Cyanogen will get a version of this up and running that I can put on my less than a year old now obsolete Vibrant.

  • Sakmaniac

    Well, hopefully Cyanogen will get a version of this up and running that I can put on my less than a year old now obsolete Vibrant.

  • Anonymous

    I can almost guarantee our GSII will get updated unless we are sold off to AT&T.  I don’t see how anybody can honestly say that a phone as bad a$$ and as powerful as the GSII won’t get the update.

    Now with that said, the question is will T-Mobile and all that dam crapware they feel they need to install cause a major delay?

    • Anonymous

      I doubt the new Samsung will get it very quickly. If you haven’t been paying attention Samsung doesn’t update their software. They just expect you to buy a new phone. I got burned with the first Galaxy Tab. I would never buy a Galaxy series phone from Samsung. I would perhaps get this phone. However I’m burned out with Android and always having to buy a new phone when a software update comes out.

      • Anonymous

        Its pretty obvious that no one will get it “very quickly”.  If you haven’t been paying attention, the international i9000 is running 2.3 in most parts of the world while our US carriers cause major delays.

        Last Updated: 15,June 2011

        UK  → Update Available! (Vodafone UK, O2 & Unbranded)
        Spain  →  Will Get 2.3.4 in Q3 (Movistar Carrier)
        Malaysia → Update Available!
        Russia → Pending…
        Singapore → Update Available!
        Netherlands → Update Available!
        Philippines → Update Available!
        Indonesia → Update Available!
        Belgium → Update Available! (will Get 2.3.4 soon in Q3)*
        Middle-East → Updating… (Rolling-out for Gulf Countries)*Not All Middle-Eastern versions will be updated.
        Korea → Update Available!
        Canada → Update available for i9000m (Bell, SaskTel, Virgin)
        Sweden → Update Available!
        Rest of Europe → Updating… (will Get 2.3.4 soon in Q3)…. The list goes on

        USA → Pending… (For Branded Versions AT&T - Verizon)

        I have been paying attention.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

          Yes the gs2 will get it….sometime, prob not by the end if this year though since Samsung has to
          optimize it with their ui

        • Anonymous

          Thx steady.  100% agree.

  • Guest

    If you are an android lover then why would you not get a “pure” android phone like the Nexus series. To me this is the “Iphone” of the android world. It is free of any bloatware from the manufacturers and it is designed and built to Android specs ONLY !. If your complaining about “other” cellphones with layers of features that don’t really make a difference (that you can also find as an app usually in the market) then get a Nexus. Hell I’d by a Nexus S at the prices that they are selling them at so you can get ICS first !!

    • n900mixalot

      I needz mah 3D

    • Androidcatdog

      Well, some of us are on contracts. I agree that when HTC makes another Nexus, I’m all in. HTC hardware is great…their software, not so much. Sense is polished but delays updates indefinitely. Text reflow crushes iphones. Google text reflow if ur unfamiliar.

  • Dan

    what about G2? not holding out much hope since we JUST got gingerbread a month or so ago

    • Irun4fun7209

      I owned a G2 and had Gingerbread for months.

      • Antoinetrenton

        My touch 4g has Android 2.3.4 so I will be seeing 4.0

  • Carpediem

    Manufacturer “skins” will ruin such a polished UI.

  • Jonathan Carlisle

    I really do hope that the G2x gets Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), as the hardware is there…the problem is just waiting for T-Mobile and LG. On the other hand, this phone launched with 2.3 promised so we should get the 4.0 update sooner or later.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

      We suckers who bought the G2X aren’t even on the map as far as LG and TMO are concerned. They still haven’t fixed the problems that the phone has, and at this point, we’re pretty much sucking hind teat.

      • crap2x

        i called tmo and they swapped me out of the crap 2x to sensation 4g for free. 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

          I haven’t decided yet how to deal with the situation.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

          I haven’t decided yet how to deal with the situation.

      • crap2x

        i called tmo and they swapped me out of the crap 2x to sensation 4g for free. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

      We suckers who bought the G2X aren’t even on the map as far as LG and TMO are concerned. They still haven’t fixed the problems that the phone has, and at this point, we’re pretty much sucking hind teat.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

      We suckers who bought the G2X aren’t even on the map as far as LG and TMO are concerned. They still haven’t fixed the problems that the phone has, and at this point, we’re pretty much sucking hind teat.

    • http://profiles.google.com/claudiamarie64 Claudia Carvalho

      Seems like it took forever to get my G2x updated from 2.2 to 2.3, so as Jason stated, “I’m not holding my breath.” Problem is before the update to Gingerbread, my phone was absolutely problem-free. But after the update, I began experiencing some of the issues others have, i.e. phone freezing at least twice a day, requiring a battery pull. Will ICS resolve the issues many of us have or make them worse? Time will tell.

  • http://openskymedia.com Jason

    I’m on a Thunderbolt which was supposed to have 2.3 this month. Hopefully I’ll get it but I’m not holding my breath.

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    i’ll expect it on the Sensation this same time next year then, maybe later. lol

    • Bdhdnn

      I am running 2.3.5 pn my sensation with sense 3.5. Dude…. Root is not that dificult and you can revert it for claims… Just a comment..

      • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

        i’ve been so close to rooting at various times and just haven’t done it lol … i’m getting close to doing it though.

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    i’ll expect it on the Sensation this same time next year then, maybe later. lol

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    i’ll expect it on the Sensation this same time next year then, maybe later. lol

  • Rfgenerator

    As an HTC Sensation owner I hope we see this, but I suspect as part of T-Mobile’s continuing move towards being very customer unfriendly that they will not “waste” any resources on this update.  Besides updates mean more calls to tech support and gawd knows that’s the last thing T-Mobile wants as an expense as they strip down to get the ‘ol ATT cavity search upon assimilation.  If I want ICS I suspect it will be available via rooting from the usual sources, however I’ve been reluctant to root my device until the warranty expires as apparently HTC will not honor the warranty of a rooted device.  It’s my understanding with the Sensation that though it can be “Unrooted” you can’t get the original T-Mobile ROM to put back on it if you need warranty support.

    • Spanky

      Of course you can unroot and put back the original ROM. It’s openly available on XDA Developers.

    • Robert Espinoza

      Just make sure you do a nandroid backup before you load a new rom. That way you can revert to stock whenever you like.

    • Robert Espinoza

      Just make sure you do a nandroid backup before you load a new rom. That way you can revert to stock whenever you like.

  • Rfgenerator

    As an HTC Sensation owner I hope we see this, but I suspect as part of T-Mobile’s continuing move towards being very customer unfriendly that they will not “waste” any resources on this update.  Besides updates mean more calls to tech support and gawd knows that’s the last thing T-Mobile wants as an expense as they strip down to get the ‘ol ATT cavity search upon assimilation.  If I want ICS I suspect it will be available via rooting from the usual sources, however I’ve been reluctant to root my device until the warranty expires as apparently HTC will not honor the warranty of a rooted device.  It’s my understanding with the Sensation that though it can be “Unrooted” you can’t get the original T-Mobile ROM to put back on it if you need warranty support.

  • Imperfectly

    Anything re: Nexus One? My nexus s broke so I’m back to using my N1.

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I am wondering, at least until the Galaxy Nexus is available in GSM format. 

  • Andres Sulleiro

    Ha, we all know how long “a couple weeks” can be when it comes to Google :) I don’t anticipate anything before Xmas for the Nexus S and January and after for the rest (including my lowly N1…)

  • Andres Sulleiro

    Ha, we all know how long “a couple weeks” can be when it comes to Google :) I don’t anticipate anything before Xmas for the Nexus S and January and after for the rest (including my lowly N1…)

  • Andres Sulleiro

    Ha, we all know how long “a couple weeks” can be when it comes to Google :) I don’t anticipate anything before Xmas for the Nexus S and January and after for the rest (including my lowly N1…)

    • Mark Terry II

      Google has it ready, it’s not their problem anymore. Then it goes to the hardware manufacturers for tweaking APIs to play nice with proprietary hardware. Then from there it gets handed off to the teams who make adjustments for specific frequency bands related to carriers. Then it gets handed off (if requested) to the carriers. The carriers make the final decision of whether they want to make their changes, add their bundled software (ie bloatware) and then factor in the cost of an OTA rollout. If the number of handsets is small and doesn’t justify the cost of the OTA and carrier-based development time, they won’t do it. This process of handoffs takes time and is entirely dependent on the carrier, not Google. ICS has been designed largely to circumvent this, but it’s plan for going forward, and it’s likely that a large number of handsets (such as the recently killed HTC G2) will never see “official” OTA upgrades to ICS because the cost isn’t justified by the number of handsets in use.

      • Andres Sulleiro

        Fair enough, I understand the complexity of doing this. My comment is more in regards to Google not being very good about setting expectations. They should know better when saying things like “a couple of weeks”. They’ve made similar statements in the past and naturally people latch on to the ideal scenario, which often ends up not being the case. We want to see ICS in our phones, now. It’s just natural to want that. I rather Google come out and say “We don’t know at this time which phones and when. When we do, we’ll let you know specifics, but we rather not give the wrong expectation”. You know what I mean?

        • Mark Terry II

          That makes perfect sense, Andres. 

  • Android00

    Only time before xda ports this to the infamous HD2. I’m excited.

  • britneyfangurl22

    HEY LOSERS!! Have u guys heard celular south will be getting the iphone 4s!!!! LOOK.IT UP IF U DONT BELIEVE ME THEY JUST ANNOUNCED IT SO.ITS OFFICIAL, ItS BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED LOLZ IM PRETTY SURE ALOT OF U DNT KNO WATS CELULAR SOUTH ITS A CELLPHONE COMPANY WIT LESS COVERAGE THAN METRO PCS ND US CELLULAR. AND ITS ONLY AVAILABLE WERE HILLBILLYS LIVE IN PLACES LIKE KENTUCKY SO HILLBILLYS WILL NOW GET THE IPHONE 4s. HAHA ONCE AGAIN LOSER T-mobile aka LAME MOBILE IS ONCE AGAIN LEFT OUT IN DA COLD WUTS NEXT METRO PCS GETTIN IPHONE, us celular, BOOST MOBILE? LOL

    • Nickyy22

      @ britney i live in kentucky and i am not a fckinnqqq hill billy so stfu. and yea we do have celular south over here which is for poor people. i have t-mobile. and i would never ever switch to cell south (even tho it just announced its getting the iphone4s yes i looked it up cuz i didnt believe u) because over here its known for its crappy reception. I think its not fair why would a crappy company with less than 1000 subscribers yes less look it up get the iphone 4s? Wtf? How i see things are going metro pcs, boost, us celular will most likely get an iphone before us tmo customers. .. its sad really.. im pretty sure alot of people will be all like tmo dont need an iphone yes it does like it or not. thats why its loosing so much customers cuz they leaving to other companies to get an iphone.

      • Chatter

        Unfortunately for us (fortunately for c-spire), it is all in the bands. They use the same cdma bands so there was no “special” work required to sell the phone. The number of customers probably didn’t matter since they are essentially selling the cdma phone.

    • EH

      Britney are you aware that this is an Apple decision as to whether or not Tmobile gets the iPhone or not.  I don’t think you are.  Very similar to Samsung, the great phone maker they are, but getting updates, or fixes like the GPS fix for the Vibrant–it was the reverse.  They had one in place and Tmobile would not approve it.  Point being, we don’t know where the decisions are being made.  If you are unhappy with Tmobile, instead of harboring all this anger and hostility, why not go where you want to go and not stay with Tmobile?  Thats what would make sense to me.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

      Pssst…your CapsLock key is broken.

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile really can’t offer an iPhone until Apple decides to start supporting the 1700MHz frequency T-Mobile uses for data.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wally-SirFatty/100002167236858 Wally SirFatty

      Not much of an excuse…

      • Anonymous

        If you really want an iPhone, you can buy them unlocked directly from Apple’s web store.

        8GB iPhone 3GS $375
        8GB iPhone 4 $549
        iPhone 4S (Apple starts selling them unlocked in November)
        - 16GB $649
        - 32GB $749
        - 64GB $849

        • http://profiles.google.com/claudiamarie64 Claudia Carvalho

          All well and good if you have no problem using data at more or less dial-up speed (EDGE). Apparently, there are many with iPhones on T-Mo willing to put up with that just to have their chosen device. But I think there are many who want the best of both worlds: iPhone with 4G on T-Mobile’s network. 

        • Anonymous

          My iPhone 3GS is quite happy on T-Mobile.

          300kbs isn’t a great hardship.

        • http://profiles.google.com/claudiamarie64 Claudia Carvalho

          I can imagine, but 300kbs can’t be found anywhere on 2G in my state. Top speed I’ve had in the largest city in the state on EDGE is 200kbs. You’re lucky.

        • http://profiles.google.com/claudiamarie64 Claudia Carvalho

          All well and good if you have no problem using data at more or less dial-up speed (EDGE). Apparently, there are many with iPhones on T-Mo willing to put up with that just to have their chosen device. But I think there are many who want the best of both worlds: iPhone with 4G on T-Mobile’s network. 

  • Lupon

    After seeing Sprint’s network take a beating from the iPhone 4S, I’m kinda glad TMO didn’t get the iPhone.

    • Lupon

      Whoops, I meant that as a reply Wally SirFatty

    • Chatter

      1. Sprint’s network was taking a beating before the iphone (in terms of speed).
      2. This is a great problem to have have – it means people want your product. Its been a few days and things are calmer now for Sprint.

      => TMo needs this kind of attention from a phone. There is *no* Android phone that gets people in the doors the way the iPhone does. I am not discussing which is better – I am only talking about sheer numbers so lets not start a war! At this point, having a drowning company with the fastest network doesn’t do much good.

      • http://www.facebook.com/djpunzo Phil Punzo

        I disagree, Android is pretty much ahead of the game with all the new technology. Apple just uses it and tries to make it better. Some people who talk bad about android never probably even used an android phone. 

        • jarjon76

          Apple knows how to market their products and make them seem like “must haves” when in reality the iphone is no better (and in some cases worse) than other high end phones on the market. Just ask the average consumer what they consider the best phone to be and most will say the iphone. When you ask them why they’ll say because everyone has it, so it MUST be the best phone out there. It’s become a status phone and that’s what every company wants to be–the talk of the town.

          Apple does a great job of marketing their name. They make great products, but they’re not the best in terms of specs, performance, etc. But they know the average consumer loves flash (ironic, I know) and design, which they do better than anyone. That’s why the iphone remains the most popular phone on the market, and will probably remain that way for the foreseeable future.

        • MrBonez

          Very well said jarjon76 and I agree with you 100%! Both Android and iPhone are good phones but I prefer my Android over iPhone personally

      • Archielee23

        @ chatter If android had only one phone it would have the same hype

  • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

    Yeah C Spire (aka Cellular South) is getting the 4S. Hopefully the Galaxy Nexus comes out in time to stop T mobile subscribers from leaving down south.

    • Goukisan

      keep dreaming tmo is getting the nexus
      youre lucky you got the Galaxy S2 in the first place

  • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

    Watch, T mobile shall rise and dominate the competition, look at our prices, who would even try to beat that? And besides not everyone wants an iPhone, Theres two, i mean three other platforms to choose from. BTW, is RIM still around? Lmao

    • Goukisan

      you were joking here right? 

    • Androidcatdog

      Umm, those low prices are exactly why T-mob will be assimilated by ATT.

  • Chili Palmer

    Crap, Crap, Crap.   I have a T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant S running 2.2 with what it looks like no chances for a 2.3 update.

    • TMOTECH

      Load it yourself. 

    • Dwightmorrison10

      the 2.3.3 is out for vibrant trough kies. vibrant is likely to get 4.0 due to hardware being the same as nexus s

      • Androidcatdog

        LMAO Ha ha ha ha! I have a Vibrant collecting dust. It will never see ICS. Gingy isn’t even official yet. Dude, what are u smoking?

  • Fredderrick17

    Question . I have the T-Mobile g2x. Will my device get the ice cream sandwich update. ?

    • Msm15

      as long as you have G2X, you dont have to worried about updating the software. Because, there are lot more issues other than updating the OS with G2x. Like mine, i would be very glad if my AWESOME unit does not hang twice/thrice a day. If i can use my soo goood phone for the basic phone call, i would be more than happy and wont have to worry about any ice cream or sandwich or burger….

      • Zackofspades

        I have a G2X, got it about a month ago and had Gingerbread on it out of the box and I have to say I absolutely love it and haven’t had so much as a hiccup out of it and I have 71 apps installed. Heard mixed reviews after I purchased, did you get yours back in summer pre-gingerbread? Just wondering if that has anything to do with it?

  • MrBonez

    Maybe Apple is thinking that at&t is getting T-Mobile so they don’t need to give the iPhone to T-Mobile. Personally I could care less about it. I prefer my Android over any iPhone any day. Android for life!!

  • luis

    does anyone know if phone like the sensation or amaze will be getting android 4.0

  • Par4golfing

    Like if you have a G2x….. and think its the worst phone ever made.

  • Asdasd

    this is ridiculous. When will we get the icecream ?

  • Tmo_fan

    Tmobile sucks

  • Mark Terry II

    It’s not T-Mobile’s decision to make. Blame Apple. They chose not to make it available on T-Mobile. If smaller regional carriers have it that’s because they already use the same frequencies and Apple decided to allow them to sell it.

    As with anything iPhone related, Apple makes every decision, from availability to pricing.

  • Mark Terry II

    I don’t expect ICS to ever reach my HTC G2 because I don’t think T-Mobile cares enough to put in the time, money and effort required. (Also, I’m not sure they’d want to waste time trying to put it on a unit with an 800MHz CPU and sub-par GPU either.) 

    I would expect that only top-tier handsets (dual-core CPU) released within the past 3 to 6 months will see it, and even that is an overly optimistic view. It’s my opinion that most T-Mobile users ought to dismiss any hopes of seeing ICS unless they are buying the absolute newest high-end units.

    • Anonymous

      You have no idea of the powerhouse you have.
      The G2 can be overcloked up to 2 GHZ and it beats the SGS II with that speed.