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Leak: Bell Canada to upgrade Galaxy Note, Incredible S, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and more to ICS by August

July 6, 2012

Now that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been officially released, it’s only natural to expect phones and tablets to take the leap to the latest OS. However, the Android 4.0 ICS roll out process has been frustratingly slow, and there are still a lot of high-end devices lacking Ice Cream Sandwich.

A bunch of these devices should finally get ICS over the next couple of months in Canada, according to a leaked Bell internal document picked up by the guys at No less than 6 Bell phones and tablets are scheduled to get Android 4.0 by the end of August, if the document proves to be real, and the first update should take place in just ten short days.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is scheduled to be getting an over-the-air update to ICS on July 16, which will be a full two months after the international version of the “phablet” has taken its own software leap. Still, Canadian tech users should be happy that they’re getting Android 4.0 on the Note, considering that across the border, in the US, there’s still no sign they will be tasting Ice Cream Sandwich anytime soon.

At around the same time as the Galaxy Note, the Canadian versions of the LG Optimus LTE and HTC Incredible S are themselves scheduled to get the upgrade to ICS. Both phones are mentioned in the document as getting the updates in “July”, so there’s no way to know if Android 4.0 is just around the corner, or if it’s coming in three weeks’ time.

Kudos to Bell for making good on its promise to update the HTC Incredible S, a phone released way back in February 2011 and that many thought will never get rid of Android Gingerbread. As far as the Optimus LTE goes, pretty much no one doubted that it will get ICS, as it started selling around November 2011.

Two tablets and one smartphone should get ICS updates sometime in August, neither of the three having official roll out dates just yet. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, and Galaxy S2 HD LTE were always planned to get Android 4.0, so it’s no surprise to see any of them on this leaked upgrade schedule. We also reported on a Samsung announcement of upgrades happening for its entire range of tablets starting July, so it’s not impossible for US tech users to actually taste ICS on the Tab 10.1 and 8.9 before Canadians.

While today’s leak brings a nice series of good news for Bell customers over in Canada, there are also a few not-so-good conclusions that we can draw from it. It’s practically set in stone that Motorola’s Motoluxe, LG’s Eclypse 4G, and Samsung’s Galaxy W will never get Android 4.0 upgrades. And although none of the three phones is what you would call high-end, I’m sure that some of you still hoped for Ice Cream Sandwich on them.

Are you happy with Bell’s plans to get ICS on the carrier’s most important Android-based devices? Or are you upset that they haven’t yet announced anything involving those magic words “Jelly Bean”?