Android’s release of its Ice Cream Sandwich platform, more formally known as Android 4.0, has pushed the mobile phone operating system market to a new level through offering a platform that is keeping up with the rapid evolution that mobile phones are currently going through.
Ever since its announcement in May 2011, the general release of the operating system has been the cause of much speculation within the technology community. The first quarter of 2012 has seen large moves towards the mainstream use of the platform, with a number of phones being announced that will be released with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. With the impact that Android 4.0 will have on the mobile phone industry expected to be huge, we decided to look at a few of the phones that are being released on ICS, in order to assess how the system will be carried into the mobile phone world.
1. HTC One X
Firstly, we see the HTC One X, also known as the HTC Edge. This phone has a great look to it, and has been much discussed in recent months due to it being the first HTC phone to have a quad-core processor. This, coupled with it being released with ICS, sets the One X apart from any previously released HTC phone. Both facets of the phone had been eagerly anticipated by HTC enthusiasts, and to then be able to have both in one phone straight away is a bonus. The phone runs smoothly and provides a great service that blows much mid-range competition out of the water.
2. Huawei Ascend D Quad
Secondly, the Huawei Ascend D Quad was announced at the recent MWC conference and is possibly the most stir-causing phone to be released on ICS in 2012. The Chinese technology firm, previously holding little stake in the smartphone world, has decided that it intends to take the industry by storm, by producing high-quality, competitive smartphones. This can be seen through the Ascend D Quad, which is one of just a handful of phones that have been announced to hold a quad-core processor. This, coupled with the Android 4.0 system, is being touted to be a ground-breaking phone in terms of entertainment. The other attributes of the phone also put it up at the top of the market, with an 8-megapixel camera providing great photo and video capture.
3. LG X3
Finally, the LG X3 is a phone that is officially just a rumour at the moment, but at the same time is a very badly kept secret since we know a lot about what features the phone will possess. Whilst ICS is a certainty, with LG intending to use the phone to release Android 4.0 onto their systems, other attributes are worth noting due to the quality that they promise. The phone is expected to be the first quad-core phone for the manufacturer, which whilst running a slower processor speed than others at 1GHz, will still offer great performance, along with an 8-megapixel camera. However, the question is whether LG is delaying the release of this phone too long to offer serious competition.
So… what do we have here? At least three great Android ICS phones are coming this year, and I can’t even say which one is the best among them. If you like to listen to music on your phone, the HTC One X can be the best choice for you, since it’ll come with the famous Beats Audio software and good-quality headphones. If you’re looking for a powerful phone with nice design, have a closer look at the Ascend D Quad made by Huawei. And finally, the LG X3 can be a good choice for anyone, including first-time Android users.