Earlier this year, International Business Times reported that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would the first Android operating system to be used on both tablets and smartphones. It turns out that's not exactly the case. While Google will be rolling out updates for many of the newest and most popular Android devices on the market, many will be left behind, typically stuck with Android 2.0 Gingerbread. As for Android 3.0, it appears that the tablet-based operating system was essentially dead on arrival.
Since keeping track of which devices are able to run Android 4.0 can be a pain, we've decided to round up some of the most popular phones from each of the Android device creators. Here's a list to help you determine whether your phone will be upgraded to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
HTC Sensation: According to the HTC Facebook page, this phone will be included in the first wave of HTC phones that will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
HTC Evo 4G: This phone has not been mentioned by HTC in its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans, which makes it unlikely to be upgraded anytime early in 2012. There is hope, however, because xda-developers have created a rom of ICS that runs on the HTC Evo 4G. Don't hold your breath for an HTC Evo 4G upgrade, but don't count an eventual upgrade out either.
HTC Evo 3D: This phone is a relatively new phone for HTC, and the company has historically been good about maintaining service for their dated products. While the HTC Evo 3D isn't the biggest seller, it's clear that HTC Evo 3D will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
HTC Incredible S: This phone, unfortunately, was not mentioned among the first wave of phones that will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by HTC. The good news is that Android developers have ported ICS to the HTC Incredible S. Like most ports, there are several bugs, but it gives owners of the phone hope that they'll eventually get their hands on the new Android. Click here to learn how to install Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Incredible S.
Optimus Black P970: Similar to HTC, LG announced the set of phones being upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the company's Facebook page. The LG Optimus Black will be one of the first phones by LG to be upgraded to ICS. In a separate announcement, LG said that the upgrades will egin in the second and third quarters of 2012.
Optimus V: While many of the LG Optimus phones will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Optimus V will not be one of them. At the time that this article was published, there was no apparent port of ICS for the Optimus V.
Motorola Atrix: This phone was long-touted as the first dual-core smartphone and one with blazing processing speeds. Unfortunately for Atrix users, Motorola has released several phones since and has made no indication of upgrading the Motorola Atrix to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Motorola Droid: With so many new Droid phones hitting the shelves, it's unlikely that the original Motorola Droid will support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Plus, Motorola has not mentioned anything about making the phone upgradeable.
Motorola Droid Razr: Though the phone will be sold with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on it, the phone will be Ice Cream Sandwich upgradeable according to the company's Web site. No timetable has been given one when the phone will be upgraded to the new operating system.
Motorola Droid Bionic: This phone is also upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich according to the company website.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: This phone was once the flagship phone from Sony Ericsson and is still being supported by the company. In a recent announcement, Sony Ericsson made it clear that the Xperia Arc would be upgradeable to Android 4.0 in early April 2012.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus: [UPDATED 12/28/11] The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of the flagship phones for the Android 4.0 operating system. Expect this phone to be supported for a long time.
Samsung Nexus S: [UPDATED 12/28/11] Though the Nexus S began to be upgraded over-the-air in mid-December, The Verge is reporting that Google has paused the rollout. Apparently this is typical of most over-the-air rollouts from Android in order to make sure things are working properly.