In a major "Surprise!" moment, Huawei has officially released what looks to be a demo build of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) for the Honor (model number U8860). Details are incredibly light at the moment, since all we're really going on here is a product support page that's been Google Translated from Chinese to English and contains next to no information:

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According to the poster at XDA, the posted update is actually just a "demo" (beta?) and not the final version. A Huawai Senior VP (Yu Chengdong) has been sharing pictures and some details via Chinese social media service Weibo (auto-translate is including such gems as, "I use black Honor, equipped with the latest 4.0 version of the operating system Andrews. To sleep, disturbing for people.")

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Update: Our tipster downloaded the zip; there's a PDF inside with instructions on how to install the ICS update, as well as how to roll back to Gingerbread. It also reiterates that this is a demo ICS build and was released so Honor users can get a feel for the changes and new features in ICS.

Pretty cool to see a company known for budget products being the first out the gate with a public ICS update, even if it is beta. Must be part of their plan to wend their way into the upper-end of the market.

[Source: Huawai via XDA-Developers. Thanks for the tip, Yuankai!]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • Glenn

    Haha! Oh Google translate.

    If I may try, he was saying:
    I am using black [coloured] Honor, equipped with the latest 4.0 version of the operating system, Android. [Shall] continue to sleep/rest, thank you for your time.

    Darn it I hope Google releases it for Nexus before any other devices get the official version. That was the reason I bought a Nexus.

    • http://kevingo.com Yuankai

      good shot :)
      let me translate too
      ".........back to sleep, sorry for disturbing everybody"
      its shame that Nexus S's not the second one that get offical ICS

  • Eggo

    Why don't more companies do this? This is awesome. This is why I love the underdog companies, they always try to go the extra mile.

    • jonathan3579

      I completely agree.

  • jonatcn

    Proper Chinese translation:
    "I'm using the black Honor loaded with the latest Android 4.0 OS. I'll go back to sleep and stop troubling everyone"
    hope this helps more than the gibberish from google translate :)

  • Amit Mittal

    will ICS be available for U8800?

  • Amit Mittal

    will ICS be available for ideos x5 U8800 ?

  • http://androidtidbits.com AndroidTidBits

    Its virtual buttons looks useless when the phone already has its capacitive buttons. I think it would look great if they modify ICS and remove those virtual buttons, resulting into a wider screen.

    • k0n

      Actually they did just that - see the screens...

  • eduardo

    Hey will this update be on the huawei ascend ll