What phones get Google's Ice Cream Sandwich mobile OS first?

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus leads the pack to get Android 4.0, but some LG phones and others will follow.

Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Phones and tablets loaded with the Android 4.0 operating system start arriving in stores soon, but when will existing phones get the update and wich models will be left out in the cold? Here's a rundown of the devices expected to get Google's Ice Cream Sandwich mobile OS first.

Galaxy Nexus The newest "Google phone" is expected sometime soon from Samsung and is the only new phone known for sure that will come pre-loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich. Verizon is currently taking emails from those that want to be the first to get their hands on the new Android paired with the curved Galaxy Nexus with its 1.2 Ghz processor, NFC chip and 1080p HD video capability. A leaked screenshot purported to be from Verizon seems to show a planned Black Friday launch for the phone.

Nexus S Google has confirmed it's working on an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S. But that is apparently as far back as the update will go on the Google and Nexus line. There will be no ICS for the Nexus One or G1. If you don't feel like waiting for Google to roll the new Android out to your Nexus S, my colleague Sarah Mitroff found one way to get it now.

LG Optimus 2X LG confirmed via its Facebook page that it is "in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones." No word on what those other high-end phones might be, but my bet is we'll see something new from LG with ICS in the next few months.

Motorola Motorola says it will be upgrading the Droid Razr, Razr, Xoom and Droid Bionic to Ice Cream Sandwich. The exact timing isn't clear, but the company has indicated that it will be no sooner than six weeks after Google's official release of the update.

Sony Xperia phones Sony hasn't released many details, but the Dutch division of Sony Ericsson confirms via Facebook that Xperia phones will get Ice Cream Sandwich. There's no indication of when that might happen.

Current Gingerbread phones? Google says that Ice Cream Sandwich should theoretically work on any Android 2.3 Gingerbread device, but when and if each model gets the update is up to the carriers. Sarah Jacobsson Purewal provides this list of phones running Gingerbread now that could one day upgrade to a frozen treat-based system.

Follow Eric on Twitter, and at ericmack.org. Follow PCWorld on Twitter, too.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesGoogleAndroidPhoneslgsamsungconsumer electronics

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Eric Mack

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?