sanke1, on 27 April 2012 - 10:09, said:
If he agrees that Asus and Nvidia churned out update very fast for Transformer Prime, why the F*** others take so long? Does he know that he is contradicting himself?
nVidia and Asus worked together a lot, most development was parallel. Most other manufacturers don't get access to all needed drivers and HAL-stuff from their SoC-source that fast, and then it obviously takes a while to port all the included apps. That, and most companies (looking at you, Samsung) are just lazy.
Sony and Sony Mobile/Sony Ericsson), as it has been said, contribute a lot of their work to the Android source code, and they have very good developers. They improved memory management on ICS over the "standard" edition, and their software is rock solid. Good job Sony!
Sony Mobile is also the only manufacturer to date that actually completely reskinned their Android interface to match the ICS guidelines. With the 4.0 update (and on the Xperia S) all icons and almost all interface graphics got a major overhaul to fit Holo.
(For the record, Sony tablets are made by the Sony VAIO team, Sony Mobile (/Ericsson) Xperia smartphones are made by the SEMC (Sony (Ericsson) Mobile Communications) team. They work completely independent, but both of them contribute a lot of code to Android. They are slowly merging some development in common areas (mostly media-related such as Bravia Engine, Music Player, ...), but all of that is in a very early stage.)