Let's say it's Dec 31 or Jan 01. GN has been released. People have their handsets. The forums are burning up with posts from people about this or that not working. The first batch of patches are en route to handsets.
What is the roadmap to release ICS (or its variant) to all the older Droid handests? Anyone want to speculate? Will people be rooting and booting left and right to load the most vanilla experience they can and get their handsets clear of their carrier's bloatware?
Anyone want to look in their crystal ball and make a prediction?
(Hoping this gives people something to discuss other than the ad naseum "Where is the GN already???" threads.
First this, you wont be seeing ICS on very many if any older devices....
Now as for this GN, I am guessing you meant GB for Gingerbread, under most issues I have seen has been coming from old NON-GB compatible that users do not care to stop using, until the developer updates for the new OS they should be removed.
One easy way to know if the app is compatible after GB, if you go to market and can't find the app with GB installed, the market does not show incompatible apps with the installed OS.
Now I notice you list a Xoom and unless things change ICS wont work on the Xoom because the platform is different.. It is possible with some code changes but at this moment it probably wont be for your device anyway.
I took GN as Galaxy. NEXUS
Oh... I didn't think of that, its getting to the point that so many are referencing a device by 2 letters, between that and the OS being abbreviated I am having trouble keeping up with what means what..
"Everyone" looking forward to the Nexus like they were the Thunderbolt and Bionic? Then, what? The big letdown.
Up until about 6 months ago, I couldn't have imagined NOT being interested in the Nexus, or whatever next "latest and greatest" is coming soon from Android.
ICS might change that, but for some reason (bloat, OEM skins, bad apps, etc.), I doubt it. Not interested in rooting and I just noticed that word wasn't edited in the OP's
post, whatever that means.
I agree, I really don't see what the big deal is with the Nexus anyway, it don't seem to have anything really different from all the others, the Bionic was a flop and the razr did not have to be out long before users started complaining about the battery life and the manufacture rumors of a new revised version of the phone...
Can someone get up close to all the ones all hyped over this phone and scream "HAVEN'T YOU LEARNED AFTER SEEING THE IPHONE?" , they are just selling you the same hardware labeled as something different.
So many complained for the iPhone for so long and the deveice was released and sales was not major and the one that did buy them mostly returned them.. I give it a week or two and another device will hit that would be next big crave and the Nexus will be tossed out to dry.. Talking about money to BURN
Sorry Wildman, but I disagree with you. I think that the Galaxy Nexus is worth the hype! People who are concerned about hardware aren't as enthusiastic about this phone. People who like vanilla Android are the ones hyped about this phone. I think that anyone who hasn't used Honeycomb on a tablet will enjoy learning Android all over again.
I'll admit that the hardware is nothing to write home about, except for the large screen size, great resolution and the crisp appearance of text on the screen. The Nexus S was the same way; it released with hardware that was behind that time period.
Where did you get your sales figures and return rates for the iPhone 4S from? Are you speaking of just VZW, or across all carriers?
I am still looking forward to the Nexus, either on Verizon on the 15th, OR on a GSM network as soon as one gets here when ordered on the 15th...
For me, it's not about a 10% faster processor, or extra MP in the camera (I've taken *maybe* 75 pictures over the last 2 years with my OG Droid - I just don't give a rip about taking pictures. For me, it is the vanilla Android experience. I've been running pure Android since day 1 with my OG Droid. My daughter has been running vanilla Android on her Eris since the 1st day it was available.
It's not a matter of when/if your non-Nexus device gets ICS, the FACT is, that once ICS is released for that device, don't expect it to get any more updates. In 6 months, users with those devices will be whining and crying "Why aren't we getting Jelly Bean". Those with an encrypted/locked boot loader (Motorola) won't even have the option to go else-where for their updates.
I have a terrible feeling that I'll probably have to leave Verizon in a couple of years when the 4th or 5th Nexus device is released, simply because of the way Verizon is botching this release, I seriously doubt Verizon will be getting any more "Nexus Love" from Google. (Of course, that could depend on whether there was a *real* problem with the Nexus 4G, or whether it was Verizon pulling a a hindside-retentive, control-freak, angry little-boy didn't get his way, "steve jobs" maneuver on this release.