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Replying to:  Samsung Galaxy S ll, Epic 4G Touch on Sprint. Will it run Android 4.0? by edjc3   Oct 27, 2011, 4:44 PM

Re: Samsung Galaxy S ll, Epic 4G Touch on Sprint. Will it run Android 4.0?

by mustangpete    Oct 29, 2011, 3:15 AM

CNET News Reporter Marguerite Reardon does a column for them called Ask Maggie. She recently answered the question, "Will my Android get Ice Cream Sandwich?" In it, she answers your question:


"Here's a quick synopsis of how I think the major Android manufacturers will handle the Ice Cream Sandwich update:

Samsung

Given that the first phone to be released with Ice Cream Sandwich is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, my guess is that several of the more recently launched Samsung phones will also get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, including the entire line of Nexus S phones on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile USA. I also think the Samsung Galaxy S II phones that were just released this fall will also get the Ice Cream Sandwich update."


But the article does more than just report which phones will likely get the update; in it, she also provides a rather good explanation as to why:


"Part of the problem is that some of the manufactures layer on their own software "skins" to customize the devices. For instance, Motorola has MotoBlur and HTC has Sense. As a result, when new updates are introduced from Google, the manufacturers have to figure out how to make those updates work with their software.
"Generally speaking, the more handset maker influence a company puts into the interface, the longer it takes for development and update cycles," Scott Webster, a blogger for CNET's Android Atlas and an expert in all things Android wrote in a recent post."


BTW, in the article, the text "wrote in a recent post." was a link:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20122788-251/ht ... »

That article was also a helpful read for me, because I have an Evo 4G.

I think we are all anxious for Ice Cream Sandwich. I can hardly wait!

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