HTC got roughed up by the blogging community when it announced that it would not update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. Since the internal hardware of the HTC Desire HD is similar to that of the HTC Incredible S (which did receive the update), we were initially a bit perplexed by HTC’s decision.
While some saw this as another opportunity to complain about HTC, custom skins and the overall fragmentation of Android, the developer community saw it as an opportunity to deliver a fully functional Android 4.0.4 ROM for the HTC Desire HD. It was based on the update which HTC rolled out to the Incredible S with Sense 3.6 and all the new feature found in Ice Cream Sandwich.
The latest update to the Blackout ICS Incredible ROM from QD2DC for the Desire HD is nearly perfect. As far as we can tell, there’s only a minor issue with stereo audio capture during video recording, but we’re sure most of you would never even notice if we didn’t point it out.
It’s certainly nice to see Android 4.0.4 on the HTC Desire HD, but installing the ROM does require users to do a full system wipe – the very thing HTC used as an excuse not to update the phone. If your going to flash a ROM to your phone, we hope you know how to do a backup of your apps so that you don’t lose everything once you’re up and running on Android 4.0.4.
Running a newer version of Android is fun and all, but most people would be upset if they found out that the update wiped out the countless hours they put in on Final Fantasy III over the past few weeks.