Four months after its announcement, Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich is still largely floating around in the black void of OS space. The truth is that most Android owners haven’t seen ICS, though manufacturers have improved, however slightly, on pushing out the update. It’s understandable upgrade availability and timing will vary, but in order to light a fire under manufacturer’s butts, ComputerWorld decided to summarize which handset makers have followed through with update promises and which ones haven’t. Motorola owners will want to look away.
ComputerWorld based manufacturer grades on publicly shared plans and how those plans have panned out so far this year. As expected, Asus received an “A” by making Android 4.0 available to Transformer Prime owners on January 9. Archos and Acer also received an “A” grade for promptly issuing the update.
HTC did fairly well with a B-; it recently update the HTC Vivid to Android 4.0. Samsung was merely average, failing to keep promises and releasing Ice Cream Sandwich to a small portion of its Galaxy S II phones. Manufacturers such as Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo and LG were all incomplete, while Motorola got a “D” because of vague schedules and broad wording regarding an upgrade to its Droid Razr.
ComputerWorld does acknowledge that carriers play a pivotal role in the update process and oftentimes prolong the roll-out. Many phones are expected to receive the ICS in the coming months, hopefully the manufacturers with good grades can keep it up.
[via Computer World]