Chinese manufacturer Huawei has confirmed that it will be releasing an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Honor smartphone, albeit as a "demo build".
This means that the handset will be the first smartphone, apart from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, to get the update, almost one month after it was released to developers by Google.
Ice Cream Sandwich is the most-anticipated Android update since Android 2.2 Froyo, which brought some interesting features like tethering.
As for the Honor (here), it is a bog standard mid-range smartphone. It comes with a single core Qualcomm MSM8255T chipset clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, an eight megapixel camera with a front facing two megapixel one, and an ultra long life 1900mAh battery.
The phone is expected to be unleashed in the UK early next year and we suspect that it will run on Ice Cream Sandwich by default in the first half of 2012.
Interestingly, other vendors, including Google-owned Motorola, have only promised that they will release ICS and have not yet committed to any fixed dates. Sony Ericsson, HTC, Samsung and LG have all confirmed that ICS will be pushed to selected smartphones.