As soon as Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich, Android users everywhere began asking, “when can I get it on my phone?” While most major carriers have committed to getting the update out to many of the big-name devices currently on the market, we are still quite a way off from getting Android 4.0 on any currently available phone. Why? Motorola addresses the issue head on, detailing their process for getting a new Android update prepped and beamed out to users.
Motorola has divided the process into four steps:
- Adapt the source code to device hardware, add custom UI (when applicable) and tweak features
- Perform in-house bug testing to reach a stable release candidate
- Submit software upgrade for carrier approval and issue a pre-release version to a small customer base for real-world testing
- Release Android 4.0 to the masses