Since Google’s unveiling of Android 4.0 back in October 2011, the main question most of us want answered is: “When will my phone be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich?” We know HTC is working hard to update as many phones as they can, but there are hardware limitations to take into consideration, not to mention the dreaded fact that service providers must specifically “order” an update for each individual phone.
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Will my HTC phone be updated to Android 4.0?
Since we don't work for HTC, we can't give you an exact answer, but we can make educated assumptions based on the announcements HTC has made. HTC's first wave of Android updates will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to its phones powered by dual-core Qualcomm S3 processors. The overwhelming majoroty of HTC's phones running on this chip are already on the update list, and we expect the remaining stragglers to be added shortly.
For a while, we also assumed HTC would be delivering the Android 4.0 update to its phones powered by single-core Qualcomm S2 processors. This assumption was partially confirmed when HTC announced that the Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD would also be receiving the update. Since most of the other HTC phones powered by S2 chips feature most of the same components, we expect other US-specific devices to be added to the update list, as well.
While we would like to see Android 4.0 running on all HTC's devices, those who own phones powered by Qualcomm S1 chips should not expect an Android 4.0 release. HTC has not given us any details about these phones yet, but the fact that Google has chosen to let the Nexus One live out its remain days on Gingerbread should be all the evidence we need. The HTC EVO 4G, Desire and DROID Incredible all share the same basic configuration and would most likely not have enough memory or processing power to run Android 4.0 as smoothly as HTC would like them to.
Latest Android 4.0 update news from HTC
- 02/17/12 - HTC Thunderbolt, DROID Incredible 2, Rhyme and Explorer will officially get updated to Android 4.0
HTC's first "North American edition" Android 4.0 update announces that Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the HTC Thunderbolt, DROID Incredible 2, Rhyme and Raider are now official.
- 02/09/12 - HTC says upgrades to Android 4.0 on track for next month
HTC announces that the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE and HTC Sensation 4G will all receive Android 4.0 updates before the end of March. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Sensation XL will follow shortly after. HTC also adds the HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible S and HTC Desire S to the official update list.
- 01/22/12 - HTC customer service confirms Android 4.0 update for HTC Flyer coming in Q1
The title pretty much tells the whole story. When a customer complained to customer service about the Honeycomb update for the Flyer, HTC rep said that he could send it in to be downgraded to Gingerbread or wait for the Android 4.0 update which would be available later in Q1 of 2012.
- 11/07/11 - HTC reveals first wave of devices to get Android 4.0 in early 2012
HTC names the HTC Vivid, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G as the first phone within its lineup to receive the Androdi 4.0 update "in early 2012."
- 10/19/11 - HTC excited about Android 4.0, looking into handset upgrade plan
HTC comments on Android 4.0 and promises updates to as many phones as possible but stressed that their focus will be on "maintaining every phone's performance and usability first."
Official HTC Android 4.0 handset update list
- HTC Sensation - March
- HTC Sensation 4G - March
- HTC Sensation XE - March
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Vivid
- HTC Amaze 4G
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Flyer
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Incredible S
- DROID Incredible 2
- HTC Thunderbolt
- HTC Rhyme
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC Explorer
HTC handsets expected to receive the Android 4.0 update
- HTC Desire Z
- T-Mobile G2
- HTC Inspire 4G
- myTouch 4G
- myTouch 4G Slide
- HTC Hero S
- HTC Merge
- HTC EVO Shift 4G