As we inch closer to Google I/O 2012 and the possible debut of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we wanted to take a look at five of the most glaring holes found on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been out since December of 2011. And while some carriers and manufacturers have recently been able to get some of their devices updated to the software, which is Google’s latest, there are still plenty of others that still don’t have the update and the many features that come along with it.
Many of them have possible roll out months but right now, many owners of Android phones are still toiling on the last-generation software.
That being said, here is a list of five phones that we think sit on the top of the list of phones that should have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but currently don’t have the software on board.
HTC Rezound (Verizon)
Verizon’s HTC Rezound, a device that was released in 2011, makes the list for several reasons. One, it’s currently the carrier’s flagship HTC device and two, we have seen numerous release dates leak out indicating that a software update is in the works and should be close to rolling out.
HTC has said it will be rolling out in June or July but thus far, there has been nothing but silence from both HTC and Verizon leaving owners in the dark, wondering when the software is going to arrive.
Throw in the fact that Verizon has already updated the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX with Ice Cream Sandwich and is possibly planning to release the Android 4.0 Droid Incredible 4G in early July, the same month that we will likely see the Rezound ICS update, and one could see why Rezound owners are feeling a little bit snubbed.
HTC ThunderBolt (Verizon)
The HTC ThunderBolt, once thought to be Android’s savior against the might of the iPhone, was released in March 2011 and was graced with one of the worst launches in the history of smartphones. Delays, 4G LTE outages, major software issues, the ThunderBolt and its owners dealt with them all.
And while HTC and Verizon have said that the device will be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in July or August, we feel like it should have been one of the first to get the update, considering the chaos that HTC and Verizon put owners through in 2011 and beyond.
We can only hope that the companies stick to their word and roll out a fully functional Android 4.0 update for ThunderBolt owners. Device owners definitely deserve it after being so patient.
Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon)
The Motorola Droid Bionic is another device that got the short end of the stick in terms of a launch. The phone was delayed nearly a year after it was first announced and when it did finally arrive as the first 4G LTE dual-core smartphone, it was quickly overshadowed by the Motorola Droid RAZR.
This move left many Droid Bionic owners peeved as they had signed into two-year contracts with a phone that was, just a month later, obsolete.
The Droid Bionic, like the HTC ThunderBolt, should have been two of the first devices to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it appears as though they will be a part of the last as Motorola has said that the Droid Bionic won’t get the software until Q3 at the earliest.
Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T)
Making matters worse, the international versions of the device have seen the update while AT&T and Samsung have remained completely mum about a possible release date for the Galaxy Note’s upgrade to Android 4.0.
With AT&T finally getting the Galaxy S II upgraded to Android 4.0, we hope that a update or at least a release date announcement for the Galaxy Note’s ICS update isn’t too far off.
Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Sprint)
Finally, the last phone that deserves it right now is the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II.
AT&T finally updated its Galaxy S II model over the weekend which means that Sprint is the last carrier to get its Galaxy S II updated to Google’s current mobile software. originally, we thought that Sprint would be the first to get its Galaxy S II updated to Android 4.0 but that obviously didn’t happen.
And now, Epic 4G Touch owners have to sit around and watch as the carrier promotes and sells its latest Galaxy S device, the Galaxy S III, which lo and behold is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
What other phones blatantly deserve an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich?