Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Run on Galaxy Nexus…and What Else?

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is about to come out of its wrapper tomorrow in Hong Kong, along with the very first Android handset, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime), that will use it as operating system.  But, besides the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, what other devices will be among the first to get upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich?A very likely candidate is the Motorola XOOM, and if so, it will be the very first tablet to get bumped up to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Xoom Canada Release DateThe Android tablet is a likely candidate for several reasons.  First, it was the first Android tablet to sport Android 3.0 Honeycomb long before any other Android tablet did.  Google debuted Honeycomb with the Motorola XOOM.

Second, Google has just recently bought Motorola Mobility, which, in many people’s eyes, makes Motorola Android devices likely to be first in line, or at least among those first in line, for Android updates.

That second reason also seems to open the possibility of the upcoming Motorola DROID RAZR (Motorola DROID HD, Motorola Spyder) as another likely candidate for an Ice Cream Sandwich update.  That is, if ICS is not yet on the device when the DROID RAZR hits store shelves.

What about the other recent DROID from Motorola?  The LTE-capable Motorola DROID Bionic is also a potential frontliner for ICS updates not only because Google has acquired Motorola but also because the DROID Bionic is still fresh and just recently launched.  It would be wise for Motorola to gain back a lot of public affection if this Gingerbread device gets some ICS love, as some sort of peace offering for making the public wait for so long.
The upcoming HTC Rezound (HTC Vigor) may also get some ICS love, as probably will the HTC Sensation XL.

Leaked pictures of the upcoming HTC Vigor

Other Android smartphones that are also likely to get ICS updates include the LG Revolution 2, and probably even the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Though, owners of these devices will probably wait a bit before they can taste Ice Cream Sandwich on their handsets.

ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformers–both 1 and 2–may also receive ICS.   Samsung’s tablets, too, especially the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been more or less “confirmed” to get ICS updates in the future.  As a matter of fact, the chances of the more recent Android tablets’ getting ICS updates is rather high.

Sony’s and Lenovo’s tablets, however, may get ICS somewhat late, since several of these devices have custom features and user interfaces.

Is your Android device on the list?  If not, we’ll find out soon enough whether Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is heading your way.

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