Now who would have thought of this? Huawei Honor gets an official ICS update merely a month after the latest update to Google’s mobile operating system was released in November! This has GOT to leave owners of Nexus S as well as expensive new phones by the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson and envious, as it doesn’t seem many of them are getting ICS before 2012. Nexus S, a Google phone, launched by Google itself, was speculated to be the second device after the Galaxy Nexus to receive the ICS update, but that hope has clearly been blown away. Well, what’s done is done. More information after the jump!
The ICS update has been released by Huawei on its website, and the picture below clearly shows the 148MB update, is indeed for the U8660 device.
Below are a few more pictures from the CMO of Huawei’s Weibo (Chinese version of Twitter) clearly showing ICS up and running on this device.
While this ICS update is a beta version and more for demo purposes, a lot of Nexus S users seem to be perplexed by this news. Huawei has always been known to produce budget oriented products and to see the premium ICS OS being officially released for it is nothing short of a surprise. This is a great example for all the major names in the Android industry of how it CAN be done. If every Android phone manufacturer learns a lesson from this, we will see far less fragmentation in the world of Android – one of the biggest problems this platform faces.
There is a small catch though – if you do manage to download the ICS update and cannot read Chinese, you won’t be able to get far. The update also contains a PDF file detailing the installation instructions but unfortunately, it is in Chinese. If you own own one of these devices, and do manage to get ICS up and running on it, do let us know. We are hoping an international version of the update gets released soon so that everyone can enjoy it on their U8860. Still, with this release, it shouldn’t be long before a translated port appears on one of the several third-party Android developer communities out there. Also, someone who knows Chinese can simply translate the instructions and make them available somewhere for all. If you do run into such instructions, don’t forget to drop us a comment here.
Again, here’s a great example for HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and the likes. If Huawei can do it, why can’t you?