Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich update has thus far failed to take off, a trend which looks unlikely to change with major vendors like HTC and Motorola deciding against upgrading their tablets to Android 4.0.
In a company blog post, Taiwanese player HTC revealed that the 7-inch Flyer and EVO View 4G tablets, as well as the 10.1-inch Jetstream, will not upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), with all three to stick with Honeycomb (Android 3.0). The company decided against explaining the decision.
Google’s latest purchase, Motorola, has had no such qualms however, and recently admitted that some of its mobile devices will not be upgrading to the latest iteration of Android.
“You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices”, said a company spokesman, on the Motorola blog.
“If we determine that can’t be done—well then, we’re not able to upgrade that particular device”. Sadly, the firm chose not to mention any product models, so it’s unknown at this time if the Xoom (the Wi-Fi model is already Android 4.0) and Xyboard tablets make the grade. That said, both the 8.2-inch and 10.1-inch Xyboards are advertised as 'Android 4.0 upgradeable' on the company's website.
Both announcements are bound to be of some frustration and concern to Google, as well as developers who are improving their applications for the new OS.
A recent study indicated that Ice Cream Sandwich still only represents around 5% of Android devices on the market, with many handset manufacturers still taking some time in moving to the new update.
Update: Just a day after our story, it was reported that Motorola plans to upgrade the Xoom 3G model to Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2, with the Xoom Family Edition and Xyboard slates to update in Q3.