“Where the hell’s my Ice Cream Sandwich?” is a question many Android users have been asking for months, and will probably continue to ask well into the year.
Motorola has been quite open about the process, and blond bombshell (or Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola’s Enterprise Business Unit, to use her correct title), Christy Wyatt, has been spilling more beans.
There’s absolutely no comparison when it comes to dishing out new versions of iOS versus Android. There are only – what? – seven iDevices that support iOS 5 and scores of Android smartphones and tablets.
Christy Wyatt tells us not to point the finger at manufacturers' UIs (such as HTC Sense and Motoblur); it’s the hardware’s fault.
"Don't blame manufacturers' software customizations for holding up mobile phone upgrades to the new version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.0,” begins Christy.
"When Google does a release of the software ... they do a version of the software for whatever phone they just shipped. The rest of the ecosystem doesn't see it until you see it.” Yep, that confirms what I was saying last week.
“Hardware is by far the long pole in the tent, with multiple chipsets and multiple radio bands for multiple countries. It's a big machine to churn."
Yep, those gears are turning prettaaaaay slowly, with only 1% of Android users on Ice Cream Sandwich. Bad times.