Velocity Micro investigating ICS updates for Cruz tablets

January 13, 2012
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Velocity Micro, like so many smaller manufacturers at the moment, is preparing at least two new Ice Cream Sandwich tablets for 2012. The company invited us to check out its latest wares at CES, and while the the Cruz T510 and Cruz T507 weren't ready for public display, we did manage to get some interesting information out of a VM product manager. The company is currently preparing Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for its current Android tablets, the first 10 and 7-inch Cruz models.

There wasn't a promise or assurance of an upgrade - They're investigating the hardware validity of the five current models, and the lowest ones aren't likely to make the cut. But based on what we saw of the new versions, they've got a good grasp on Android at this point, and should at least be able to upgrade the Cruz T410 and T408. With Ice Cream Sandwich's source code available and retail models being prepared by the larger Android OEMs, it should be a simple enough task to make an update available.

Velocity Micro is still aiming for the low end, and its more pedestrian hardware is not yet certified by Google - for the moment, they're using the Amazon Appstore as a substitute for the Android Market. The company is aiming for sub-$200 prices going forward, a popular price point indeed - if they can establish themselves as a manufacturer that provides timely and stable updates, they could easily gain a following among budget-conscious Android enthusiasts who are tired of waiting for official upgrades.


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  • Oliver_nilsson

    where do i buy it?

  • Kacy1295

    Anyone know anymore about update for the Cruz T410?  Will we get the Ice Cream or not if so how and when can we update the tablet?

  • Iroeg

    i want ice cream i have t410 cruz.  where is it??

  • Bdaikomyo

    I use to LOVE my EVO… LOVE IT. BRAGGED about it to my peers. Then one day I dropped it. Not a problem, I utilized my insurance and got a replacement from their third party Asurion, (which is another horror story in itself).

    OMFG, it had the 2.3 ‘update’.
    Cue exasperated businessman cursing his phone. The bloody cameras don’t work, Netflix, is now a thing of the past.

    HOW THE HECK COULD YOU TAKE THE EVO LEGACY AND DASH IT LIKE A PENGUIN EGG?

    DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THIS UPDATE HAS ALL BUT ANNIHILATED IT’S FAN BASE OF NON IPHONE ZOMBIES?

    FIX IT!

    LIKE YESTERDAY ALREADY!

  • Akaj0k3r23

    My vibrate function doesn’t work anymore. When I get a call or text it doesn’t vibrate. Nothing does. Its pretty annoying because I’m so used to it vibrating everytime I press a key. Terrible update.

  • Robertmoffett1

    My WiFi keeps dropping out I can’t use netflix or YouTube without it dropping out ever five min this is all since the new upgrade on all my familys lines the whole phone is not acting the way it should Sprint needs to fix now!! May be a bit early but u smell a class action coming on.

  • PO’d

    Why on earth can’t Android fix this stupid time-is-minutes-behind bug???  This is INSANE!!  I’m switching to an iPhone ASAP as I am sick and tired of this BS.

  • m4f1050

    PLEASE! Anything that is supposed to work on Gingerbread but doesn’t says [INSTALL_FAILED_OLDER_SDK]

    Either upgrade the SDK or go ICS please!!!