Since Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich in October, one of the most popular questions asked online is “When will Insert phone name here get Android 4.0?” That’s a difficult question to answer, but we have seen some companies like HTC, LG, and Sony Ericsson go on the record about some of the phones it pledges to support. What about the rest?

JR Raphael of ComputerWorld has compiled a list of devices promised to receive Ice Cream Sandwich and takes a guess at which devices are likely to get it. The list is not complete and has some glaring omissions, notably the HTC Thunderbolt, but it is one of the largest lists of on-the-record statements about which Android phones and tablets are expected to get Ice Cream Sandwich.

The list is viewable here and will “evolve quickly and frequently” according to Raphael, but it doesn’t answer a critical question – when? That’s what people always ask after “If” their device will be updated, and it’s a question that no one can answer right now. It’s easy to say that a phone or tablet can support Android 4.0 simply because it has the hardware to support it and number of users to make it worth the company’s money to upgrade. However, it takes a considerable amount of time to re-skin Android with Sense or Touchwiz, rebuild apps for ICS, and then go through the carrier testing process to make phones ready for updates.

It will be several months before ICS officially pops up on new phones, and some phones will take longer than others. Your best bet is to stay patient or be prepared to root your device and load a custom ROM.

[ComputerWorldThanks, Chris!

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