Xperia users receive Ice Cream Sandwich
It is the celebration time for the Indian users of Xperia Neo V, Xperia Arc S, and Xperia Ray. Sony, the manufacturer of the Xperia range of phones has finally brought their stake that was earlier owned by Ericsson. Moreover, the leading manufacturer has released the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for their latest three Android-based smart phones.
Most of the Android users in India are still waiting for latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich update for their smart phones. The latest version of Android was announced by Google in November. In addition to this, Sony has been the first company that has come out with an update plan for most of its high as well as mid-range Xperia smart phones. On the other hand, other leading smart phone manufactures such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and many more had made similar announcements; however their devices are yet to receive an ICS update in India.
Ice Cream sandwich is the newest version of Google-based Android operating system and offers several significant improvements over the last Gingerbread (Android 2.3) version in terms of the user experience. The operating system now boosts improved multitasking as well as better performance, thanks to the hardware acceleration. The operating system will now flaunt a revamped user interface and various other important features.
Strangely, Sony has not yet released ICS update for its Xperia S model, which is the flagship device of the manufacturer and has been launched few weeks ago in the country.
The Android updates are rolled out by Google offer better performance and features to devices. Moreover, it acts as a bone of contention between the phone manufacturers as well as users. The users expect receiving quick access to the updates. On the other hand companies such as Samsung and HTC believe that technically it is not easily possible since most of the smartphone manufacturers introduced their Android-based smart phones in the market with their customized user interface. Hence, when Google launches the latest updates, the manufacturers have to customize them before the users get hold of the new software. Thus creating a delay in the whole process.
The latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich update was introduced by Google in November 2011. However, even after six months, very few smart phones other than Nexus phones, which are supported by Google directly, have received updates in India. Comparatively Apple is known for supporting its older devices as well as pushing out the timely updates.
In addition to this, manufactures say that they cannot provide support all Android-based smart phones with latest updates. Thus, only the high-end devices would be provided with the latest updates. While in some cases, the limitations are caused due to older technology and in other cases it is the decision of the manufacture to drop the support to a smart phone, which is taken considering the business aspect. Moreover, the manufactures prefer selling the new OS with their new devices instead of updating their old devices.
Samsung was criticized widely when it announced that Samsung Galaxy S, which is one of the best-selling smart phones by the manufacturer, would not be receiving an update to Ice Cream sandwich update. Few weeks later there were reports that the smart phone would be receiving a Value Pack with features update that would be quite similar to ICS update. However, it is yet to be actually materialized.
In fact, notwithstanding being one of the leading smart phone vendors in the world as well as a market leader in the Indian market, Samsung hasn’t officially rolled out the ICS updates for its popular smart phones Galaxy S II as well as Galaxy Note, which are two of the flagship Android devices by the manufacturer. On the other hand the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note users in various countries have received Ice Cream sandwich updates in the last few weeks. Additionally, there are rumors that the Indian users would be getting the updates in the coming weeks. Luckily, the tech-savvy users can always root an Android phone and get the update by using software that are available on various websites.
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