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Ice Cream Sandwich Android: Seven Devices Already Confirmed to Run OS

Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich has only been public for two days and seven devices other than its flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus have been confirmed to run the new operating system.

GizmoCrunch reports that the Nexus One, Nexus S, Motorola Droid Bionic, DROID RAZR, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Transformer Prime, Pad Phone will all soon run Ice Cream Sandwich.

A number of the devices will be receiving an upgrade from the previous OS, Android 2.3, Gingerbread, while others will be released, like the Galaxy Nexus, with Ice Cream Sandwich as it maiden operating system.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the ASUS Pad Phone will all come with Ice Cream Sandwich preloaded.

While the Motorola DROID RAZR and the Motorola DROID Bionic as well as the Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S will receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update release.

Speculation indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S2 will also get an Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Geek.com notes that the various networks and manufacturers of Android phones will determine what devices will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, and when they will be released.

Updates could take from several weeks to several months.

Ice Cream Sandwich has introduced a number of new specs to Android, including powering both tablets and smartphones, a new custom typeface called Robato, a completely touch screen UI, a lock screen featuring Face Unlock, and Android Beam, an NFC technology that allows users to share information by touching their phones together.

Commentators suggest that due to the NFC, near field communication technology that powers mechanisms like the phone-to-phone sharing utility, Android Beam, a direct download update of Ice Cream Sandwich from Gingerbread was not possible.

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