Less Than 3 Percent of Android Device Owners Have Unwrapped Ice Cream Sandwich

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lightskinman

Guess I'm one of the top then. I'm running ICS Passion 4.0.3 on my rooted T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. It's oc'd to 1.5ghz and running smoothly. Lucky me.

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jlfrank83

I'll be happy once the adoption rate starts to pick up. Then maybe HBO and Cinemax will be forced to update their applications. It's ridiculous that they don't run on Honeycomb/ICS. Why support the iPad but not Android tablets?

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Philippe Lemay

This is all because in 2010 and 2011 Google pushed for the inexpensive handsets that would "Put Android in the hands of the masses, at all price-points". So you got droves of people who purchased small 300$ smartphones that shipped with Froyo or Ginger. But despite the fact that a lot of these things run on 512 MB of RAM, practically none of the low-end devices will ever see ICS. They were built too quickly, too cheaply, with no consideration for future-proofing.

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vistageek

I am part of the top 2%!!! Oh wait...

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Slugbait

It was the day after Christmas when Samsung finally answered the question regarding the upgrade of my shiny new Galaxy Tab 10.1: NO. Obviously a PR move in the hopes of selling a few devices during the holiday sales season, and then abandon it afterward.

Fragmentation sucks.

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compro01

ICS coming to me "at some point in 2012".

Oh well. My incredible S with the gingerbread-powered revolution HD rom is running just fine for now.

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MikeAWBD

The biggest problem is the providers putting all of their crap bloatware on the phone, and to a lesser extent the manyfacturers. I'm not a big fan of Apple's walled garden, but maybe Google should be controlling what these people are putting on the phone. I think the biggest reason for the amount of people on old versions of the OS is the providers either take a while to re-write their software for newer versions, or don't bother at all. The worst part is that most of it is pointless anyway. The only thing I use from US Cellular is their navigator, and that's only because it's use is separate from my data usage. It's not like there isn't plenty of apps to chose from that do the same thing. I have their best phone and I think I'm only on like 2.3. I think they have one tablet that has 4.0 and another with 3.0. I realize US Cellular isn't the place to go for the latest and greatest, but you would think they could at least have one phone with the latest version of the OS.

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boodiespost

And im the 97%

Bionix 1.3.1 / 2.2 FTW!!!

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Supall

Apple is capable of pushing the updates directly to its consumers. Android doesn't have this ability. Phone manufacturers need to modify the source and implement their UI "enhancements". Then they need to give it to the carriers to test and approve it for the devices. Only then can the carriers roll the upgrades out to their users. It's a vicious development process and Google is doing what they can to make it faster for the updates to roll out. However, until consumers start making the conscious effort to get Nexus-esque phones, we won't be able to solve the issue of poor roll-outs anytime soon.

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bling581

For the most part getting direct upgrades is a good thing, but I don't like being forced to upgrade. Now they don't literally force you to update, but I got to a point on my old 3GS where I couldn't download new games and apps unless I upgraded to the latest iOS version. As soon as I did that my 3GS was significantly slower and lagged like it never did before. So my choice was miss out on the new apps or upgrade to a slower phone. Now that I have a 4S it's a non-issue, but I'm sure I'll reach the same point 2 years from now.

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boodiespost

doublepost sorry

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jgrimoldy

I have a funny feeling that the majority of the ICS users are on Transformer Primes. It's a shame that ICS has such a small percentage of users. It is a great step towards showing iOS to be such an aggressively infantile option.

(Why the heck doesn't the soft keyboard on iOS change from Upper to Lower case depending on the shift mode?!?)

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kixofmyg0t

Well the only phone that "officially" runs ICS is the way overrated Galaxy Nexus. I have ICS on the Motorola Xoom that I'm typing this on as well as my Droid X, Droid 2 Global and Droid Bionic.

That's gonna change soon(this week if the soak test goes as planned) and the millions of Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX owners will get the update.

Also I want to extend a personal thank you to the Maximumpc staff for correctly using the term "Android device" as opposed to simply calling everything a "Droid".

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globeadue

Sigh, I've not opened my Ice Cream Sandwich because I live on the east coast now, grew up in the San Francisco bay, one one of my favorite treats was the one pictured above, an It's It Ice Cream Sandwich. There is nothing out here in north Georgia that compares.

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jgrimoldy

I always assumed that the "Its It" was a nationwide treat until I lived in Seattle for a few years. Sure you could get a couple of oatmeal cookies, some Breyer's vanilla, and some Magic Shell and just make them yourself, but it's just not quite the same.

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Cy-Kill

Well, you can blame it on the phone's manufacturers as well as the cell phone companies, because they need to approve the updates, which I think is f***king stupid!

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Slurpy

Or, as T-Mobile users know, we also have to wait for the CARRIER'S stupid freaking UI updates. . .

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Cy-Kill

I wouldn't know, I live in Canada, but yet, there are only minor things done to the UI to add in local carrier crap, but yet, like I said, that crap must be approved by the carrier.

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compro01

I haven't seen any UI differences on either of my phones, just a couple bits of carrier-specific crapware shoved in as system apps.

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