Much of the anticipation and excitement about the Galaxy Nexus comes from the fact that it is the first smartphone that runs on Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. Quite naturally, Android users are now asking themselves what upcoming phones will carry the new version of this mobile OS. Some of the major manufacturers have made pronouncements that they are lining up their future offerings with ICS.
Samsung not surprisingly has said that sometime around the second quarter of 2012, some of its current smartphone and tablet products will be getting the upgrade. The specific models named were the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Tabs 10.1, 8.9, 7.7 and 7.0 Plus.
HTC is also on the ICS bandwagon and announced that its high-end phones will get upgraded next year. The specific devices mentioned are the HTC Vivid, Sensation, Amaze 4G, Rezound, EVO 3D, and the EVO Design 4G. The great thing about this is that you still get HTC’s Sense feature along with the new OS.
The Xperia Play gaming phone from Sony Ericsson is also declared by the company to be an ICS upgrade candidate. There are other products in the line up that would get the latest version of Android but these models aren’t offered by US carriers.
Among the Motorola phones, the Droid RAZR and Droid Bionic are said to be the ones to get bumped up to ICS. Representatives from the company haven’t announced any specific schedule other than this update would be happening early next year.
LG, at one point, was plagued with rumors that its Optimus 2X won’t be getting ICS. The company quickly and explicitly dispelled this on their Facebook page. They are planning to upgrade this particular model as well as other Optimus phones to Android 4.0.
Other manufacturers have not made any public statements regarding the new version of Android and how it will affect their future products. It’s probably just too early to tell. Vendors and carriers still have to work out their roll out schedules among other things. Given the apparently advantageous features that come with Ice Cream Sandwich however, you’re likely going to see a lot of high-end mobile devices running on this operating system.