ICS built successfully, with no phone to flash it to in North America yet
Jerry Hildenbrand, a great writer over at Androidcentral.com had a truly awesome Google plus discusion happening yesterday. Why should we care? Well it explained a lot of things about Android and it had Google’s Android Software Engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru involved also. As a matter of fact, Jean graciuosly took the time to answer questions and explain(again) the process needed to put Android 4.0 on other devices.
As he mentioned, right now only the Galaxy Nexus is truly able to support ICS. Why? It’s kinda like having a brand new Dell Computer but losing the CD named “drivers” that came with it. The computer “hardware” cannot talk to the “software” with the drivers. If the Phone Manufacturers do not release “drivers” compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich you be able to put it on your smartphone but nothing will work.
This shows how much of a leap this new version of Android is. It’s kinda like how none of our windows 98 software or hardware worked with Windows XP. The languauge or code was to different to “leap” over. The same thing happened with Windows XP hardware and Windows Vista Computers. If you bought a Printer that did not have the “drivers” for Vista, the printer would not work.
Hopefully this will just be a short wait since I’m sure EVERY smartphone and Tablet company will want to put ICS on their own hardware. Will they be nice enough to share their info with indepent developers too? We’ll see…