While Samsung might received the crown for being the first manufacturer which launched the first Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone - thanks to the help of Google, Chinese manufacturer Huawei definitely gets the crown for being the first manufacturer rolling-out its Ice Cream Sandwich update to an existing device. And the device in question, which has the honor is, you guess it, the Huawei Honor aka the "U8860 V100R001C00 B863"! If you speak Simplified Chinese, you can get the download of Huawei's so called "demo build" now - straight from Huawei's support site to upgrade your Android 2.3.5-powered Honor to Android 4.0. Interesting enough, the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is only half as much as the Gingerbread update.
The Simplified Chinese 148.57 MB upgrade is now available from Huawei's Chinese Honor support site.
UPDATE [12.12.2011]: We've just received the confirmation that - even if stated as Chinese - the ROM comes with multiple language support (including English and other European language) as well as instructions how to revert back to Gingerbread.
UPDATE 2 [12.12.2011]: It really looks like Huawei is taking its Honor Ice Cream Sandwich development more than serious! The company has just released two new ROM builds, one with Kernel 2.6.35 and one with Kernel 3.0.8. Just for your background, the commercially released Samsung Galaxy Nexus is only using Kernel 3.0.1!
UPDATE 3 [13.12.2011]: Whatever happened, it seems that Huawei has taken down the public Ice Cream Sandwich updates, it has just released yesterday. It's unknown if this was done by purpose of by request of Google or competitors but it seems the public Android 4.0-love for the Honor is on-hold for now.
Cheers ~ Arne