The New Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS: Will It Run On Older Phones?
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been recently announced by Google, and with its release, a lot of Android users can’t help but wonder if such OS will work on their old smartphone or tablet.
Ice Cream Sandwich works for 2.3 devices
According to Gabe Cohen of Google, Ice Cream Sandwich should, theoretically, work for Android devices which have Android 2.3 or above. Phone makers and ROM developers therefore, are the ones that are left to decide whether or not they will create a platform that is Ice Cream Sandwich compatible.
Compared to what Gingerbread is capable of, Ice Cream sandwich works very differently. However, the real issue here is how the ICS will work with older devices, right? To get an idea of some of the fundamental changes, take a gander below at a few of the more notable difference between Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Hardware Graphics Acceleration
App developers and users alike will be happy to know that they can make use of the added acceleration in the ICS OS by just using a new framework. Old devices that are not equipped with hardware graphics acceleration can still use the apps however, they will not get the same high quality graphics as that of the newer devices with installed ICS.
Buttonless User Interface
Most Android-powered smartphones and tablets come with four main buttons: menu, home, back, and search. A substantial number of the phones have four physical buttons in all their glory, while some newer devices only have buttons that are capacitive. However, the Galaxy Nexus proved that these buttons can be replaced with virtual buttons which they can personalize according to their preference.
By installing the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, older phones can just add the new soft button bar on the display portion above the old physical buttons, and the old buttons will still work, too.
Zero Shutter-Lag Camera
One of the most sought after features of the Galaxy Nexus is its camera that is very, very fast, and has zero shutter lag. With this feature, you can take pictures as fast as you press the shutter button. However, it still remains unseen whether the physical camera hardware can keep up with the feature or not, or whether the availability of the app varies from one phone to the other. Still, in what we have seen so far, it appears to be the fastest camera on the market.
Facial-Recognition Screen Unlocker
If your old smart phone has an equipped front-facing camera, then chances are the new facial recognition screen unlocker will work just fine.
What you just read above are some of the possible differences between new and old smartphones with ICS installed. Some of the differences are still yet to be seen but since app and phone developers can adjust to accommodate the new ICS OS, Android fans should have nothing to worry about.
We’ve already heard from a ton of manufacturers that they are embracing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Google is actively collaborating with them currently, but it remains to be seen how long it will be for current gen hardware to receive the update. The device likeliest to receive ICS first is the Droid RAZR, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S2, followed by the HTC Rezound and Vigor. In reality, the biggest bottleneck of official updates getting on today’s existing hardware is going to be the carriers. Furthermore, we fully expect the amazing Android development community to provide Ice Cream Sandwich faster than any of the manufacturers – but only because the carriers like to stall things and install their bloatware and lock things down in every possible way.
So, Will My Device Get Ice Cream Sandwich or Not?
We’ve taken the time to create two separate pieces, detailing what devices will get Ice Cream Sandwich. Some manufacturers have been quick to embrace the fervor surrounding Ice Cream Sandwich, while some have not. Either way, check them out if you are interested in knowing more about Ice Cream Sandwich and what devices are set to receive it!
How about you? Would you consider rooting your device if it meant getting Ice Cream Sandwich sooner rather than later, or will you wait for official updates to come?