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Bionic, Thunderbolt, Revolution, Galaxy Tab 10.1 unlikely to get ICS, but will get mild upgrade

Top Android-centric blog Droid Life has picked up an interesting tidbit from "Redditor" "DroidTosser", who posted screenshots purportedly from Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD).

America's top carrier appears to be preparing Ice Cream Sandwich updates to three phones -- the Motorola RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and Rezound by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498)-- as well as a tablet, the Motorola Xoom 3G/4G.

One might suspect that Google Inc. (GOOG) who has almost acquired Motorola, might be playing a bit of favorites, upgrading its soon-to-be-subsidiary to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" first.  That may be the case, but at least one major Motorola handset -- the Bionic -- appears not to be getting the ICS bump.

ICS updates
Some VZW devices -- mostly from Motorola will get a May ICS bump. [Source: DroidTosser]

VZW reportedly has milder Gingerbread updates in testing for the Bionic and for other handsets.  Those handsets also include the Revolution from LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) (aka, the LG Esteem), HTC Thunderbolt, and Xperia Play from Sony Corp. (TYO:6758).

In a move that's sure to raise some eyebrows, VZW is not giving the Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- which was long reported as the best-selling Android tablet -- an Ice Cream Sandwich update yet, despite giving one to Xoom -- a notorious sales flop.

Are Google and Verizon Wireless giving Motorola "favored nation" status?  You decide.

But for the lucky recipients, the testing should be complete by 5/17, with the Rezound's testing being finished early (5/7).  Thus users can expect within three weeks or so to be sporting the hot new ICS OS, which features a slew of improvements in terms of user interface and core apps over Android 2.3 "Gingerbread", the prior phone release.

Source: Reddit via Droid Life

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Galaxy Nexus
By zozzlhandler on 4/27/2012 5:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
"The top-selling Galaxy Nexus (the Nexus S) from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) appears to be getting no love -- not even a Gingerbread update."

Excuse me? Three things wrong here.

1. The Galaxy Nexus is *not* the Nexus S. The Galaxy Nexus is the current Google phone, the Nexus S is its predecessor.

2. The Galaxy Nexus comes with ICS. It was the first phone to do so.

3. The Nexus S has already been updated to ICS.

Perhaps you misstated the model names?

RE: Galaxy Nexus
By sprockkets on 4/27/2012 7:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like it was changed to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is strange, as it already has ICS on the non verizon version.

I think we know who to blame for this.

Not getting an upgrade to 4.0 isn't as bad as going from 2.3, as 3.0 is pretty much 4.0 minus some stuff. Still...

RE: Galaxy Nexus
By sprockkets on 4/27/2012 8:27:38 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, here is why:

Writing the software doesn't mean that Google can deploy it immediately, there are operator approvals for devices that are sold and/or supported by operators. Look at the US WiFi Xoom: obviously no operator approval, upgraded to 4.0.3 back in December (the first version of ICS that ran on anything other than Galaxy Nexus) and now running 4.0.4.?

This is a reply to a poster from his original post at the top here:

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