Huawei’s Honor Chinese Beta Ice Cream Sandwich
At the moment the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the only smartphone running the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, in Europe. Many manufacturers have announced updates to other devices but none of these have materialised just yet.
However, Huawei has released the OS for the Honor smartphone on its support site. So, you might be wondering what the catch is. Well, for one ICS is currently only available in Chinese, not a lot of use to the majority of UK citizens.
Huawei’s version of Android 4.0 ICS is also just the beta version so the ROM is maxed out at 150MB, but if you fancy a taste of what’s to come, this is the only way at the moment. If users are not impressed by the Chinese beta ICS they can easily turn back to their existing OS.
The Honor handset features a 4 inch display, 1.4GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 1GB internal storage, so it’s not exactly hitting Nexus specs, but it’s not a bad mid-range phone.
The device currently runs on Android 2.3.5, and other features include both front and rear facing cameras, and a 3-day battery. The handset is available from this month in many of the Asian countries, but is not yet available in the US.