According to my sources on Twitter, the only Android tablet with ICS is the Transformer Prime. Since I don't want to spend $500, I was out of luck - until now.
I was chatting with a Skytex rep at CES and he told me about their new firmware. It's a beta release, and the official release is still under development. But it is available.
I've just finished installing the update on my Alpha 2 tablet. It was set for Chinese, not English, but now that I got it switched over it seems to be working well. The general interface is a lot like Honeycomb, so there are some radical changes from Gingerbread. But once I figured that out I was able to find everything pretty quickly.
The Alpha 2 is the first of many tablets running on the Boxchip 1.2GHz CPU+400MHz chipset, and it shipped just a couple weeks back. It has Wifi, a VGA webcam,, microSD card slot, and 4GB Flash storage, g-sensor, and it also has a graphics chip which supports true 1080p output and stereoscopic 3D video. I haven't had a chance to test the 3D video, but I plan to do so in the coming weeks.
It's doing a decent job running Android 4.0. It's not the fastest tablet nor does it have the best touchscreen, but this tablet gives me a pretty good idea what all the other Boxchip based tablets will be like. (Let me tell you know, the term budget tablet will take on a whole new meaning in 2012.)
It's running ICS about as well you might expect the better budget tablets to run Gingerbread. I've only installed a few apps, but Angry Birds works great. The general responsiveness is fine, and I see no reason to switch back to Gingerbread.
- You can find the beta update here. Updated: Use instead.
- And you can find instructions here, under the support tab. They're rather complicated, so take your time.