Peppered with questions about when their phones will get a ascent to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handling system, Motorola Mobility and Sony Ericsson provided some-more clarity on a ascent process for bringing their smartphones adult to a subsequent Android build.
In short, both Android OEMs control a lot of formula stabilisation, testing, debugging and certification.
Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS, marries a Android smartphone and Honeycomb inscription branches, including some of a holographic user interface perks and program navigation keys for that Honeycomb is known.
Android Beam lets users daub together dual ICS-enabled phones to share files, YouTube videos, applications and other content. ICS also leverages a graphics processor and camera in phones to let users clear their phones by facial recognition.
One thing many people don’t realize is that when Google open sources new Android code, it doesn’t only fly over a atmosphere to users’ homes. There is a domestic and technical process. As Motorola noted, any new chronicle of Android launches with one OEM around a “Google Experience Device”.
For example, HTC built a initial Nexus One, while Samsung crafted a Nexus S Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset and a new ICS-based Galaxy Nexus phone. Google and Samsung worked together closely to build those devices, that are also a initial to get upgrades from Google’s Android team.
“Once that GED device ships, a rest of a Android village gains entrance to a Android source formula as it’s done open shortly after – a vicious miracle for device manufacturers and member suppliers, enabling us to start work on integrating a new recover into a existent products,” Motorola wrote in a blog post on 7 December.
Now that a Galaxy Nexus is out, in a UK during least, Motorola pronounced it is assessing this source formula and will spend a rest of a month determining that of a inclination will get a ascent and when. Motorola handsets, such as a Motorola Droid Razr, Droid Bionic, Motorola Razr and a Motorola Xoom tablet, will get ICS.
Motorola summarized a go-ahead routine for upgrading to ICS in this blog post.
Sony Ericsson, that has pronounced all of a 2011 Xperia-branded Android handsets, has a “bring-up phase” to make ICS fast followed by a certification and capitulation phase.
Sony pronounced a engineers started revving adult their Xperias with ICS Nov 14, a same day a ICS source formula became available. The engineers tested a formula to make certain it compiles rightly and debugged it. Read a rest of Sony’s technical sum here on a company’s developer blog.
With a Galaxy Nexus out to smooth a appetites of users for ICS, HTC, LG and other Android OEMs are also operative tough on scheming their hardware for ICS.
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