Another day, another low-end phone that has defeated the Motorola Droid Bionic to Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, it’s the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate, a relatively obscure eco-friendly device that runs on AT&T’s 4G LTE network and was released in June of this year.
This means that owners will not be seeing the upgrade roll out over the air and instead, will have to connect their Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate to their computer and manually install the Android 4.0 software.
Once the update is complete, Galaxy Exhilarate owners will be taken from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a welcomed improvement to be sure.
Today’s roll out means that yet another lower-end phone has beaten the Droid Bionic to Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s even more agonizing is that despite being released in June, the Galaxy Exhilarate doesn’t trump the Droid Bionic, from a hardware standpoint, in any way.
The Galaxy Exhilarate is just the latest device to join the Ice Cream Sandwich family before the Droid Bionic. The Samsung Captivate Glide recently got its upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and another device, the Kyocera Rise, a device sporting a single core processor, a small amount of RAM, and a release date just shy of a year from the Droid Bionic’s own release date recently launched with Android 4.0.
It has now been over a year since the Droid Bionic was released and around 10 months since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich made its debut in the United States.
Motorola promised the Droid Bionic ICS update for early Q3 though it’s now saying that it will be out in Q3 which leaves the rest of September as possible release dates.
The company still hasn’t said when the update might roll out.
In any event, the fact that Samsung beat Motorola to the punch here with a device that probably sold far less than the Droid Bionic is embarrassing and it’s now clear why Motorola took the stage at the Droid RAZ HD event and announced a new policy when it comes to major Android updates.