With the whole world craving a bite of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), it’s understandable that users with Android devices that are older than a year and half wonder whether they’ll be able to upgrade to the latest flavor of Android. Most manufacturers have been very hush-hush about the devices that will receive official Android 4.0 support. This leaves impatient users no choice but to turn to alternate and unofficial means to obtain their Android fix.
Such an alternative solution is provided by CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices, designed to provide better performance and reliability than the Android-based ROMs released by vendors. It also provides features and enhancements that are currently not available on the “factory” firmware.
CyanogenMod programmers have been hard at work to come out with an upgrade from CM7 as soon as ICS was announced. In case you were wondering what are your chances to get CM9, you can now consult this handy flowchart which will help answer the big question: will your device receive an, official or otherwise, upgrade to Android 4.0?
Answering the few simple questions above will let you know whether you’ll get to enjoy the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, or you can start saving for a new device.
In the past, CyanogenMod has given users the possibility to enjoy the up-to-date Android experience that is, unfortunately, not provided by manufacturers in many cases. As it’s evident from the flowchart, this time, the chances to receive CM9 on your device mostly depend on whether the device will receive an official ICS update from the manufacturer.
Did your device make the cut? If not, is it time to upgrade your ‘aging’ Android device to any soon-to-be released Android 4.0 phone?