I figured I'd put together a list of current Rogers phones and their supposed timeslines for ICS updates. To avoid all the "ZOMG" why doesn't my phone have ICS yet threads.
"Factory (ETA)" is generaly the eta of the international unlocked version to get ICS. Rogers would have to release their version of the ICS firmware after that... Custom ROM availability is listed for reference, in case people are tired of waiting or for phones that won't be getting official ICS firmware. Most Rogers phones come with locked bootloaders making custom roms difficult / impossible, and certainly not for the faint of heart (unlocking the bootloader will kill your warantee.) Sorry for the format...I had it all custom coloured and everything in Excel. Let me know if there are other phones you want listed or if you have information I don't.
Phone Factory (ETA) Rogers (ETA) Custom ICS ROM
Acer Liquid E Never. Never. Work in Progress
Acer Liquid Metal Never. Never. Work in Progress
HTC Jetstream (Tab) Never. Never. Bootloader Locked
HTC One X Released Released Bootloader Locked
HTC Raider Released unknown Bootloader Locked
LG Optimus 3D unknown unknown Can't find one…
Motorola RAZR Q2-Q3 unknown Bootloader Locked
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 4.0.1-2 Available
Samsung Galaxy Note Q2 unknown Available
Samsung Galaxy Q unknown unknown Probably not?
Samsung Galaxy Rugby unknown unknown I have no idea…
Samsung Galaxy S Glide unknown unknown Probably not?
Samsung Galaxy SII LTE Released unknown Available
Samsung Galaxy Tab unknown unknown Available
Sony Xperia Arc Released unknown Locked (a)
Sony Xperia Arc S Released unknown Locked (a)
Sony Xperia Play Never. Never. Work in Progress
Sony Xperia S Q2 unknown Available
Sony Xperia X10 Never. Never. Locked (a)
Plenty of custom ROMs to be honest for the captivate (similarity to Nexus S ftw) Heck there are even Jelly Bean ROMs out for it already.
I can't edit the posts more than once...I really don't get that restriction.
To be fair to Rogers...I doubt it's adding the bloatware that takes time. (it takes about 2 seconds to push apps to the system directory, maybe a couple hours to compile a new ROM)
More likely they are testing the software on some ISO approved schedule that requires them to have the firmware for X amount of days, including back end work to ensure compatibility. (That said...the GNex doesn't have these problems regardless of ROM)
Generally speaking, if you aren't rooted and don't really want to bother with custom ROMs just wait. GB was and still is a good bit of operating system.