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Huawei won't Bring Ice Cream Sandwich Update to Vision Smartphone

It was to be expected; Huawei has told Rob Kerr of One Mobile Ring (opens in new tab) that it won't roll out Ice Cream Sandwich for its just announced Vision smartphone.

The device will go on sale at Phones4U by the end of the year, with widespread availability scheduled for the beginning of next year.

Unfortunately, the Vision, which was announced back in August, comes with hardware that was cutting edge back in 2009 when a similar 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC found its way into the first Google Nexus One handset.

Like the Nexus One, the handset comes with 512MB RAM, a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot but swaps Android 2.2 Froyo for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

By the time the Vision is launched next year, the first quad core super smartphone will be round the corner, and new entry level Android handsets will almost certainly feature a 1GHz SoC.

Huawei didn't say why Ice Cream Sandwich won't come to the Vision, but if the handset is representative of Huawei's smartphone offerings for the next six months, then the Chinese company will face an uphill battle to win any significant marketshare.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.