Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates have moved along at a snail’s pace in the last few months, but the last few weeks have actually been quite active on this front. We’re unsure whether the release of Jelly Bean has forced manufacturers and carriers to kick things into gear, but we’re seeing quite a few official announcements about ICS upgrades.
The latest gadget to get some tasty Ice Cream Sandwich has never been under the spotlight, mostly due to its manufacturer’s name. The T-Mobile Springboard (aka Huawei MediaPad) might however become an interesting option for someone looking for a perfect balance between power, elegance, and affordability.
T-Mo’s ICS upgrade for the Springboard is scheduled to hit the 7-incher over-the-air starting on August 15 (tomorrow). Aside from the standard set of tweaks and improvements – including that redesigned UI we all love – Android 4.0 will bring a number of bug fixes, some improvements to the WiFi signal, increased overall performance, but also “improved memory allocation to allow the device to receive future OS updates”.
Excited? Well, you definitely should. If not for the actual ICS upgrade, at least for the likely Jelly Bean goodness which will hit the Springboard at some point. I don’t see what other “future updates” might the tablet need besides Android 4.1, so this is as close to a JB confirmation as it gets.
You should get a notification to flash a juicy new software package on your T-Mobile Springboard in a matter of hours, but if you don’t, you probably already know what to do. Reboot your tablet, check for a stable network connection and if that doesn’t work, manually look for the update in the settings menu. You’ll also need to have more than 50% “juice” in your battery and 90 MB of free memory to install ICS.
I’m sure that this is good news not only for Springboard owners, but also for bargain hunters, who should really start thinking about going over to T-Mo and check out the latest deals for the 7-incher. The tab currently goes for $299.99, which is not bad for a gadget powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, sporting a 1280 x 800 pix res screen and featuring 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board memory, 5 MP/1.3 MP cameras, microSD, HDMI and SIM card support, as well as a 4,100 mAh battery.
Has anyone been hit by the ICS bug early? And is anyone thinking of buying the Springboard now that it’s ready to taste Android 4.0 goodness?