With the CES 2012 just a few days away, the number of people waiting to see Google’s latest delicious offering, the Ice Cream Sandwich, is rapidly increasing. As the day draws nearer, people are getting more excited to find the latest OS on new devices. Considering that the total number of Android devices that the ICS is currently active (0.6%), many are looking forward to an increase after CES 2012 on January 10. Especially since recent news have shared that Android Market activated 200 million devices in November, this can only be expected.
Compared with the other older versions, ICS has not turned into a big hit yet. But within the next few months, this might change direction—especially with Android users still waiting for an ICS upgrade for their devices, which won’t be fully operational until the first three to six months of the year. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the very first ICS device, made its U.S. launch just last month. But with CES drawing closer, we can only expect that the OS will be appearing on more devices. Another cause of the delay is the source code for the OS, which was only made available last November. So any manufacturer who had not close ties with Google only got hold of the OS recently.
Until ICS makes a full debut, the most popular OS is still Gingerbread (2.3). Despite being released in December 2010, it is still present in 55.5% of all Android units. Next to this is Froyo having 30.4% and Honeycomb having 3.3% on all Android units.
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Until Google fully acquires Motorola and makes Motorola produce high quality stock Android devices that receive updates asap then no other OEM will bother pushing updates quickly or putting the latest and greatest version of Android on their devices asap–this will also most likely require that Moto sidestep carriers for updates/upgrades somehow.
Otherwise. . . it will be the slow wait if you aren’t on a Nexus device.
Why not brand ALL Motorola phones with the Google experience and make them the all the Nexus line? It’s not far fetched to think they could/would do such a thing. And Motorola won’t be a separate stock with separate shareholders anymore .. but just a sub of Google .. so why not. And if Microsoft can outright buy Nokia as I’ve been reading and push Nokia in the direction they want .. it’s perfectly acceptable for Google to do this with Motorola.
I think the biggest difference is that Google wants other OEMs to stick with Android and MS most likely doesn’t care–MS would like it but it looks like they are betting the bank on Nokia.
The ‘Nexus’ line may or may not go the way of the dinosaurs in it’s current form–others have argued that it is important to OEM partners to get in on it thus Google will keep it. Personally, I don’t think it’s that important to any of them–the nexus line has never sold really well. It’s more about Google putting out a developer device. So, all Moto devices may become “nexus” like devices however. . . and this is a big however, Google has consistently demonstrated that they do NOT want to support devices–they want to leave that to the OEMs. So, it all depends on how Google decides to run Moto–more tightly integrated into the Android ecosystem or not. They’ve been telling partners that it will NOT be tightly integrated.
So, the dance currently is, keep hardware partners happy by telling them Moto will not change and will run separately . . . thus we really don’t know what they plan on doing.
I personally agree with you, they should narrow Moto’s line of devices and brand them ‘Nexus’ and support them very well. While hardware partners might not like it that much they all could do the same thing–offer stock Android with quick updates. That’s really all a ‘Nexus’ device is.
And I also think the whole Elop to Nokia thing was setup by MS to break Nokia up into sizable chunks of which MS could easily purchase the smartphone division.
Nonetheless, we should see some interesting stuff in 2012 in the mobile arena.
As far as ICS is concerned .. how many phones launched with GB? Not many. And it was slow as hell to roll out … until TouchWiz, Sense and Blur are minimized to the point of irrelevance … we’ll see this kind of crap. Also, CES ain’t the only game on the planet .. there is this little convention called the World Mobile Congress not to long after CES. Not everything gets announced in the States apparently. So … let’s just see how things go. K? Because Chicken Little’s .. it ain’t the end of the world.