So what do you think is the first device to get an official update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? A Google Nexus device, perhaps? Wrong. It’s the Huawei Honor. Granted, there’s one huge caveat here, but still, at this point we should all take a moment to commend Huawei for showing us that it’s possible to do things differently (and faster) than other manufacturers.
While it usually takes the likes of Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson months to come out with software udpates for their devices, Asus has shown in the tablet space that things can go much faster than that. And now Huawei seems to want to become the Asus of smartphones in this regard. Or so we hope, at least.
The Chinese handset maker already has an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available to download on its website. The caveat though is that it’s labelled ‘demo’. We’re guessing that’s Chinese for Beta (or even Alpha?). However, if you have an Honor and want to try it, know that you can always revert to Gingerbread if things go wrong. Instructions are provided by Huawei in the update archive you download.
As of now, there are two ICS ROMs ready for fiddling with (download here), one with Linux Kernel 3.0.8, the other with Kernel 2.6.35. The default language for both is Chinese, but they come with the whole Android pack of languages, so in theory they’re usable in any other Android-supported language.
Huawei execs are already liking their Ice Cream Sandwich treats on the Honor apparently, as one of them took to microblogging service Weibo to brag (and bring some proof in picture-form, which you can see above).
Keep this up, Huawei. Keep this up.
Via Android Police
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