The Chinese manufacturer known as Huawei has announced that it is going to update their smartphones to Android Icecream Sandwich next year. Huawei is the very first manufacturer to publicly announce its plans when it comes to Icecream Sandwich.
PC Mag reports that Android Ice Cream is going to get version number 4.0. At the release, the Chinese manufacturer will provide their Huawei Glory with the Android 2.3.3 operating system. But the Ice Cream update is going to be available sometime in 2012.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be the one Android system to integrate smartphone and tablet functionality into one. Right now, there is Android Gingerbread for smartphones and Android Honeycomb for tablets. Other than the integration aspect, Google has also demonstrated some of its capabilities at their Google I/O 2011 conference, some time ago.
Huawei Glory Smartphone
The Huawei Glory is a new smartphone that will run on a 1.4GHz CDMA processor: the Qualcomm MSM8655T. It is the same type of processor that runs on the HTC Desire HD. The difference is that the Qualcomm CPU in the Huawei phone is going to be overclocked. The Desire’s CPU runs at a much lower clock speed.
The Huawei Glory’s screen will be 4” with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. You can also take pictures with this phone, using its 8 megapixel camera. Thanks to the 1900mAh battery, you probably won’t have to recharge at all that much. Provided that Huawei isn’t going to botch the programming job on their Android operating system of choice, ofcourse.
The Huawei Glory will be released as a branded phone. American service provider Cricket Wireless is going to have the honor of putting its logo on the Huawei Glory. It is going to be sold at the price point of $300.
Huawei MediaPad Tablet
Not too long ago, Huawei announced their 7” Android 3.2 tablet, which is going to run a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU.
There are a lot of things happening in tablet land at the moment! Only a few days ago, the world saw the introduction of the very first budget tablet! Now, only a few days later, the world sees the introduction of the very first high performance tablet! Now if only there could also be a 10” version… but I’m sure we’ll see that sometime in the future.
This tablet is not the only high performance tablet we’ve seen, though. There was also Nvidia’s quad core Kal El demonstration. But that was not about the introduction of any specific tablet.
The tablet’s Android 3.2 operating system is essentially the same as Android 3.1, but specifically modified to run and look well on 7” tablets as opposed to 10” tablets. The Huawei MediaPad will have 217 pixels per square inch on its IPC capacitive touch screen.
It is also going to have two cameras, the back one of which will be 5 megapixels, while the front one will be 1.3 megapixels. The MediaPad tablet also supports GPS. Huawei’s plan is to ship it in Q3 of 2011.