Earlier yesterday, Samsung went ahead and started the rollout of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy S2. The Galaxy S2 now joins the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and ASUS Transformer Prime with an official Android update well ahead of the Google Nexus S.
Samsung Galaxy S2 gets Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ahead of Google Nexus S
The Google Nexus S of course was expected to be second in line to get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. A small rollout was started back in December but a reported battery bug left it on hiatus and has never resumed since then. In fact, the Android Google+ page has been swarmed by confused Google Nexus S owners trying to get a response from Big G as to when they will receive the update. Google has remained silent to date.
Given that T-Mobile Google Nexus S owners were first in line to receive the update before it was halted, Sprint and AT&T users of the device are also stuck waiting at this point. The Nexus name of course was suppose to be synonymous with being connected with Google and receiving the latest Android updates directly from the search giant. However with the recent turn of events where other smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S2 hitting Android 4.0 well ahead of Google’s own devices, will no doubt question whether there are any advantages to buying a Nexus device anymore.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners may suffer same fate?
The Google Nexus One was deemed too underpowered to run Android 4.0 and now the Nexus S is left in Gingerbread limbo. Could Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners suffer the same fate at the end of the year when the next Google Nexus 4 rolls out with Android 5.0 Jellybean, or possibly Android 6.0 Key Lime Pie?
With fast updates taken out of the picture, would you still find Nexus devices as attractive as its manufacturer branded rivals?