A few recent reports suggest that most NVIDIA Tegra 2 tablets will be getting the upcoming version of Android OS, known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
While it is still uncertain if the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is going to end up as Android 4.0, it will bring mobile tablets and smartphones much closer in the form of a single operating environment. Currently, most Android tablets support Honeycomb (Android 3.x), while many smartphones operate Gingerbread (2.3) or Froyo (2.2). While some tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HTC Flyer have Gingerbread, no Android smartphones officially run Honeycomb. The latest OS is rumored to ship in October or November.
Many Android 3.x compatible tablets from companies such as Asus, Samsung and Lenovo, will have an opportunity to get the new OS, once manufacturers customize it for their tablets. Most tablets with Google’s latest OS will probably ship early next year at the latest, according to the report.
Owners of the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Tab 10.1 and Asus Transformer should expect to get the update.
The new year will be an interesting one for the tabletsphere as Google will unveil its new OS, Apple is rumored to release another iPad, and Windows 8 tablets are said to ship in May.