Want to know what are the tablets that run Android 4.0 – the latest version of the tablet-optimised Android operating system? Read on to find out.
Android 4.0 Upgrade
The latest version of Android is Version 4.0 (also know as Android Ice Cream Sandwich) is only available on a selected number of tablets right now.
When you buy an Android tablet it will come with a version of Android that the tablet was designed for. Google releases new versions of Android regularly but manufacturers don’t automatically send these out to update on their tablets. This means that you don’t immediately get an upgrade in operating system as soon as one becomes available.
Manufacturers usually want to tweak a new version of Android so they can be sure it works well with their hardware. Consequently these updates can take a while to reach each tablet. Some tablets may never received the upgrade if the manufacturers don’t think the tablet has decent enough hardware to cope with a more power-sapping version of Android.
If you want to go down the route of hacking a new version of Android on your tablet when an official update hasn’t been provided, there are ways to manually load the newer version on to an old tablet, but there’s some risk that the tablet may become unstable or even fail to reboot, rendering it useless. It may also be impossible to reverse once this has happened. I therefore only recommend this if you know what you’re doing.
As Android 4.0 is the latest incarnation of Android, only a limited number of tablets are currently running it. If you want to understand the benefits of this update, check out the article here.
Tablets That Run Android 4.0 – Android Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet List
If you want to buy a tablet capable of running Android 4.0 now, here’s the full list:
- Samsung Galaxy Note (unlocked)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Archos 80 G9
- Archos 101 G9
- Sony Tablet S
- ASUS Transformer Prime TF201
- ASUS Transformer TF101
- ASUS Eee Pad Slider
- Acer Iconia A100
- Acer Iconia A200
- Acer Iconia A500
- Huawei Mediapad 7
For full details of all phone and tablet Android 4.0 releases and expected upgrades due, check out this post from Engadget.