More Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Devices from HTC, Samsung and Sony for Q2 2012

March 22, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Looks like Android fans are going to get some more party time. Though the rumor mills around Google has hinted us that they are prepping up the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean this year itself, grapevine buzz form the upstream supply chain sources hints that the smartphone manufacturers are still trying take more bites of the Ice Cream Sandwich this year.

According to information from industry sources, more manufacturers will be rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones in the second quarter of this year.

This includes major Android manufacturing names like HTC and Samsung. Sony Mobile Communications is also planning to join this Android 4. 0 Ice Cream Sandwich flooding operation, that is imminent in Q2 this year.

However, it is heard that smartphone makers from China also may join this ICS campaign trying to lure the lower segments of the market with their cheaply priced devices powered by Qualcomm’s 7227a chip and MediaTek’s MT6565 platform during the same period.

The move from these manufacturers will tend to leverage the presence of ICS devices in the Android crowd. Presently, Ice Cream Sandwich devices constitute only 2 to 3 percent of the total Android smartphone in use.

The Ice Cream Sandwich usage ratio is expected to get more leverage as more OEM companies are rolling out Android 4. 0 updates for their existing devices. However, if the rumors about Jelly Bean are true, it will be too early for a platform to accommodate a new major update while the ICS is still getting a foothold.

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